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RADIO REPORTER KILLED IN CROSSFIRE

A radio reporter was killed in the crossfire on 5 May while covering an army raid on an illegal gun market in the Puntland region, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).

Mohammed Abdullahi Khalif, a contributor to the radio station Voice of Peace, died from a bullet to the chest as soldiers were raiding the arms market in Galkayo to recover an assault rifle allegedly stolen from them, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and CPJ. One other person died and several others were wounded in the raid.

"This tragic event reminds us that reporting the news anywhere in Somalia is dangerous," says CPJ.

According to CPJ, Somalia has not had an effective central government since the fall of dictator Siad Barre in 1991. Puntland, home of the weak Somali transitional government under President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, has attracted hundreds of Somalis fleeing the violence in the capital, Mogadishu, says CPJ. In recent months, authorities jailed a radio correspondent for nearly two weeks and, in March, issued a decree prohibiting activities of media groups without prior consent of the government.

Somalia is the world's 12th most dangerous country for the press, says CPJ. RSF reports that Khalif is the second journalist to be killed in Somalia this year. Radio Warsan presenter Ali Mohammed Omar was murdered in Baidoa in February.

Visit these links:
- CPJ: http://tinyurl.com/2u8oyr
- RSF: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=22048
- NUSOJ: http://www.nusoj.org/
(15 May 2007)

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