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Radio Mogadishu employee murdered in Somalia

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The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the assassination of a senior media worker in Mogadishu.

Ahmed Sharif Ahmed, a senior technician at Radio Mogadishu, was murdered at around 8:30 am on 17 August 2013. Ahmed was murdered in his home in the Shibis district in north Mogadishu by three men armed with pistols. The killers escaped from the scene.

“We condemn the murder of Ahmed Sharif Ahmed and regard [it] as part of the campaign to terrify [the] media community and eliminate those working in the media industry,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General.

The motive and culprits of the murder were not officially stated but media practitioners believe Al-Shabaab militants killed Ahmed because of his work with Radio Mogadishu – a government-run and controlled radio station.

Ahmed Sharif Ahmed, 39, is the sixth media worker to be murdered in Somalia in this year. He left six children and pregnant wife.

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