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Somali TV director shot and wounded while leaving house

Photo of Abdirisak Jama Elmi (a.k.a.
Photo of Abdirisak Jama Elmi (a.k.a. "Black")

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The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly condemns the attempted murder of senior Somali journalist and renowned TV personality on Sunday, 12 October 2014.

Abdirisak Jama Elmi (known as "Black"), director of the Somali Channel TV office in Mogadishu, was attacked when he was leaving his house in the Howl-Wadag district. The TV journalist was hit by three bullets on the back and stomach, and is receiving treatment at Mogadishu's Madina hospital.

“This is yet another disgraceful attack on freedom of expression in Somalia. However, such attacks will not deter Somali journalists from pursuing their journalism mission,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General.

Despite repeated calls to ensure safety and security for journalists, violent attacks, threats, arrests and intimidations against journalists continue.

“The government must act swiftly and decisively in this and all cases that have been building up for years in Somalia. Full prosecution of the perpetrators of such crimes is the only answer to reversing this history of impunity,” asserted Osman.

What other IFEX members are saying
  • TV journalist badly wounded in targeted shooting

    This is not the first time Abdirizak Jama Elmi has narrowly survived an attack. He was seriously wounded along with other journalists by a bomb targeting a news conference given by the Islamist militia Al-Shabaab in 2010. This week’s attempt to murder Abdirizak Jama Elmi has been firmly condemned by Somali journalists’ associations and by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

  • Dispatches: Somalia – Worrying Times for Press Freedom

    The attack on Somali television director Abdirisak Jama – known as “Black” – who was shot and seriously wounded by gunmen outside his home in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on October 12, highlights once again the dangers facing Somali media. As if the killings and shootings weren’t bad enough, Somali journalists are facing new threats – a draft media law that contains several troubling provisions and a spate of arrests.

  • IFJ condemns attempted murder of senior Somali Journalist

    Reports say that General Abdirahman Mohamed Turyare, head of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), has visited Elmi in hospital and announced that a thorough investigation will be carried out to find those responsible for the crime.

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