Seasoned journalist killed in Somali capital

Seasoned journalist killed in Somali capital
# 06 May 2010 10:31 (UTC +04:00)
Baku - APA. Sheikh Nur Mohamed Abkey, a journalist working with the Somali government-run radio station, Radio Mogadishu, was murdered by gunmen last night in Mogadishu, APA reports. Abkey was reportedly walking through Mogadishu’s Bakara market yesterday morning when he was abducted by hooded gunmen. According to an emailed statement from Mogadishu-based BBC stringer Mohammed Olad Hassan, the senior editor at Radio Mogadishu received a phone call from the abductors saying that they had Abkey and were planning to kill him. Around sunset, the editor received a phone call saying that the journalist had been killed, senior editor Abdirahman Yusuf Al-Adala was quoted by Hassan as saying.
It is believed that Abkey, 52, was killed by Islamist insurgents because he works for the government-run Radio Mogadishu, which is strongly critical of insurgent groups Al-Shabab and Hizbul Islam, the National Union of Somali journalists said in an emailed statement.
“To be honest Somali journalists are in hard circumstances in Mogadishu and across the country,” said one Mogadishu-based journalist. “We face challenges from the government and the insurgents – but the government does not kill journalists.”
The journalist, who did not wish to be named for security reasons, told IPI: “The Islamists don’t care and don’t respect what a journalist is and does; they automatically kill journalists. And journalists who work at Radio Mogadishu face higher risks than the others.”
Abkey is the first journalist to be killed in Somalia this year. Last year, nine journalists were murdered in the war-torn East African country, according to IPI’s Death Watch count.
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