Director of popular Somali TV channel seriously wounded in Mogadishu
Mogadishu (Harar24) – A well-known Somali journalist and director of London based Somali Channel TV’s Mogadishu branch, was seriously injured in an attack in Mogadishu’s Howlwadag district.
The journalist and director known as Abdirazaq Jama’ ‘Elmi “Black” came under gunfire by unknown gunmen who shot him multiple times, as he was sitting outside his house near the Bakara Market, injuring him in his abdomen and one of his hands, according to Musa Jisow, a colleague at Somali Channel TV, who spoke to Harar24 from Madina Hospital, where Abdirazaq Black is currently being treated.
Abdirazaq, who is in his late 20’s, was amongst the popular journalists in Mogadishu, often gaining exclusive access to Al-Shabaab controlled areas, while covering the group’s activities and interviewing their leaders several times. Moreover he was the first to break the story which gained prominence concerning the rape case of Somali woman, who was allegedly kidnapped by Somali security forces to be taken to an AMISOM base where she was repeatedly raped by AMISOM troops in August last year.
According to sources close to the journalist, he was very opposed to the recent controversial media law passed by the Somali government which local media accuse of restricting freedom of speech.
Somalia is considered to be one of the most dangerous countries to operate from as a journalist, with dozens of journalists having been killed in recent years. Furthermore in the last two months, four independent radio stations in Mogadishu were closed down, although two were later re-opened, however Radio Shabelle and Sky FM remain closed down, with four of their staff detained in Mogadishu’s Central prison without trial.