All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ - Edmund Burke

February 5, 2009

S I E R R A  H E R A L D

Vol 7 No 2

The tendency sometimes to protect perpetrators for the sake of peace...doesn't help society. Impunity should not be allowed to stand. - Kofi Annan on Waki report


TIMELINE-Attacks on journalists in Somalia

Wed Feb 4, 2009 8:09am EST 

Feb 4 (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead the head of private media house HornAfrik in Mogadishu on Wednesday in the latest assassination of a journalist in Somalia.


Here is a timeline of previous attacks on journalists:

Oct 19, 2007 - Acting chairman of Radio Shabelle, Bashir Nur Gedi, is shot dead by unknown men in his house in Mogadishu.

Dec 16 - Gunmen seize French journalist Gwen Le Gouil of television company Cargocult Production. He was freed on Dec. 24.

Jan 10, 2008 - Four gunmen shoot Abdikheyr Mohammed Jama in the face as he leaves community radio station in Puntland.

May 4 - Gunmen open fire on Bisharo Mohammed Waeys, a talk show presenter on privately-owned Eastern Television Network in Puntland, as she drove home. She was unhurt.

June 7 - Suspected Islamist insurgents shot dead Nasteh Dahir, a local journalist working for the BBC, in southern Somalia, witnesses said.

Aug 23 - Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian freelance reporter, and Nigel Brennan, a freelance Australian photojournalist are kidnapped in Mogadishu. Somali journalist, Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, who was working as their interpreter, is also kidnapped. Elmi is released in January 2009.

Nov 26 - Two Western journalists, Briton Colin Freeman, a correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph, and Spanish freelance photographer Jose Cendon , are kidnapped in the northern province of Puntland. They are freed in January 2009 without a ransom being paid.

Jan 1, 2009 - Radio Shabelle reporter Hassan Mayow Hassan is shot dead by a member of a pro-government militia in Afgooye, 30 km south of Mogadishu.

Feb 4 - Said Tahlil Ahmed, the head of private media house HornAfrik, is killed in Mogadishu's Bakara market.

Sources: Reuters/ Reporters Without Borders/ National Union of Somali Journalists

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