Against Journalists Continue, As Another Journalist Shot And
Severely Wounded In Puntland
Mogadishu, 22 Sept. 2011
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is saddened by
the continued violence against journalists in Puntland as
another broadcast journalist was shot and severely wounded
in the commercial port town of Bosaso, in Puntland.
Journalist, Hassan Mohamed Ali known as Hassan
Antenna, the Editor for the Voice of Peace Radio in Bosaso
was shot and severely wounded by unknown gunmen at the tea
shop next to the premises of the Radio Voice of Peace in Bosaso
on Thursday around 10:20am local time, 22 Sept. 2011, where
the journalist was having tea, among other people. Witness
journalists and officials reported that two bullets hit the
journalists, one hit his heart and the other hit his right
The journalists was immediately rushed to General
Hospital in Bosaso where he is now receiving medical treatment,
according to Awke Abdullahi Ali, the Director of the Radio
Voice of Peace's Bosaso station.
"Hassan is now being treated at the General
Hospital in Bosaso, but he went unconscious as the bullet
hit his heart." Awke Abdullahi Ali, the Director of the
Radio Voice of Peace's Bosaso station told NUSOJ. "His
condition is detoriarating and between life and death."
The doctors at the Bosaso General Hospital said
that they can make operation (surgery) since a serious wound
is on the hurt area. So far, no surgery was made for the journalist.
The management of the Hospital shortly after
this afternoon held a press conference at the hospital on
the current condition of the wounded journalist and said that
they can not do more on this case, as the their medical facilities
and the doctors' capacity is limited to deal with the case
of the wounded journalist. So they advised that the journalist
must be transferred to better medical facility where ever
is is possible.
Journalists at the hospital reported the wounded
came out of the "coma" unconscious but again went
into to the unconscious situation again.
The shooting incident comes in two weeks time
when another 20 year old female journalist Miss.
Horriyo Abdulkadir Sheik Ali, working for the Radio Galkacyo,
was shot with four bullets by unknown gun on 14 Sept. 2011
in the town Galkacyo. Journalists in Galkacyo have
and support to Horriyo.
"We condemn these barbaric attacks against
our members and colleagues. This is a direct attack against
journalists working in Puntland meant to sabotage the freedom
of expression and the freedom of the media." said Mohammed
Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General, "We will not tolerate
these gross violations with impunity."
Hassan Mohamed Ali was among handful of journalists
who fled the insecurity of Mogadishu and maintained his work
in Puntland where a relative calm was restored, though, insecurity
is threatening to the relative peace in Puntland.
"The Puntland government should guarantee
the safety and the security of the journalists working in
the areas under their control and urge to conduct an immediate
investigation into the shooting and bring the killers to justice."
Mohammed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General added.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)
is urging all the journalists to be very cautious as attacks
against journalists reached beyond controllable level.