Mogadishu, October 23, 2012 | The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the murder of yet another journalist in the town of Las-Anod of Sool region controlled by the Somaliland authorities putting the number of the killed journalists in Somalia in 2012 to 16.
Assailants shot to death Ahmed Saakin Farah Ilyas, 25, Universal Television correspondent, in the town of Las-Anod on Tuesday night around 10:30pm local time, according to Universal Television, where Farah had worked and witnesses accounts. It is not yet clear the reason behind the killing.
The town, Laas-Anod, is a notorious for jailing journalists with more than 20 cases of arbitrary arrests took place this year alone. “Our colleague, Ahmed Saakin was shot somewhere in the centre of the town by armed men.” A journalist in the town of Laas-Anod, whose name withheld for security reasons said, “Police have sieged the area now.”
The National Union of Somali Journalists condemns this heinous murder against our colleague journalist in the strongest terms possible and call the Somaliland authorities to probe and bring the perpetrators to justice. The union also sends its sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of late Ahmed Saakin. “On behalf of the Somali Journalists, I send my sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of Late Ahmed Saakin.”
Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said, “We condemn the assassination act in the strongest terms possible and call for the Somaliland authorities to immediately investigate the murder against our colleague and bring the perpetrators to a court of law.”
Ahmed Saakin, who was a correspondent for the privately owned Universal Television based in the town of Laas-Anod, was arrested several times by the Somaliland police and freed without charges. On 12 October, 2012 Somaliland police in the town of Laas-Anod briefly detained Ahmed Saakin of Universal Television, Mohamed Shaqale Anshur, correspondent of Somalisat Television, and Abdikarin Olol of Somali Chanel Television in the early of hours of Friday morning on 12 October, 2012. Ahmed Saakin and Abdikarin Olol were released after hours in detention and Mohamed Shaqale was released the next morning of 13 October, 2012.
The journalists were accused of airing programs in support of the prime Minister of Somalia, Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid following his appointment.
Late Ahmed Saakin, will bring the total journalists killed in Somalia in 2012 to 16.
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