Two Journalists Killed in Somalia

A man dressed as a high school student shot and killed Yusuf Ali Osman as he walked to work on Sunday. Somalia’s information minister confirmed the killing and said in a statement that the government was “appalled by the murder” of Osman. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

By Abdi Guled, Associated Press Two more Somali journalists were killed in Mogadishu, the nation’s capital, bringing the number of journalists slain in the country this year to nine and highlighting the dangers media workers continue to face in the Horn of Africa nation despite increased security. Yusuf Ali Osman, a former journalist working for the federal transitional government’s ministry of information, posts and telecommunications, was also killed in Mogadishu on Sunday. Known as “Farey,” he was gunned down in the district of Dharkenley. The onetime director of Radio Mogadishu, he was in charge of media affairs at the ministry. A man dressed as a high school student shot and killed Yusuf Ali Osman as he walked to work on Sunday. Reporters Without Borders announced that Mohamud Ali Keyre, a journalist also known as “Buneyste,”was killed by a gunshot in Mogadishu. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the entire Somali journalistic community and we urge the authorities to do everything possible to find those responsible and punish them severely,” Reporters Without Borders said. Keyre was hit in the head by a bullet that, according to witnesses and fellow journalists, may have been fired by a government soldier. He was taken to Mogadishu’s Madina hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Aged 23, Keyre worked as a freelancer for the Horyaalmedia.com news website. He used to work for Voice of Democracy, a Mogadishu-based radio station, until he fled to Kenya after getting death threats. He had recently returned after deciding that the security situation had improved in the Somali capital.
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