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Government accused of journalists killings
Issue 290
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Presidential Memo
Election Commission As
“Office Holders Of The State”

Bomb explosion kills owner of Horn Afrik Radio in Mogadishu

Gunmen kill a prominent local journalist in Mogadishu

Three Somali journalists killed by Ethiopian-backed forces

Letter To The President Rayale: Arrests In Somaliland

Ethiopia threatens Shabelle Media Network

Analyst Says Puntland Crisis Could Further Destabilize Horn of Africa

Somali Parliament Debates Oil Law This Week - Envoy

Heavy Fighting Breaks Out In Mogadishu

Somali Officials Deny Selling Oil Rights

Diaspora Partnership Programme: Now Eligible For All Somalis With EU Nationality

Regional Affairs

IFJ Condemns “Savage Killings” as Wave of Attacks in Somalia Claims Media Victims

Amnesty International Petitions Somaliland Over Opposition Arrest

Special Report

International News

Two More Victims Identified

In Africa, A Poisonous Standoff

Failed State Index Ranks Moldova As Worst In Europe


Ex-Ottawa newsman killed

Traversing Savage Waves

Money Transfer Measures Raise Concerns

Ethiopia: Zenawi Confronts The Ogaden Provocation

Neo Warfare

Top US Concern In Africa: The Ogaden Human Right Committee Report

Food for thought


Fire Hazard In Somaliland

Riyalism Dictatorship Has No Place in Somaliland

Rayale And Reptiles: What Have They Got In Common

Today The Justice Of The Nation Of Somaliland Will Prevail

A Reality Check On Rayale’s Somaliland


There’s Something About Vanity Fair

By Mohamed Abdi Farah

Mogadishu, 12 August 2007 - The defeated Islamic Courts Union accused the transitional government and the Ethiopian troops in the country of being responsible for the killings of Horn Afrik media managers and other violations against the free press.

Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, the exiled leader of ICU who now lives in Asmara, Eritrea blamed what he called ‘the occupation forces of Ethiopia and its puppet Somali government’ for the assassinations on the media officials in Mogadishu.

“The government in Mogadishu and Ethiopia have masterminded the killings of the owner of Horn Afrik Media Ali Iman Sharmarke and the head of Capital Voice Mahad Ahmed Elmi and they will be held into accountable,” said Sheik Ahmed.

In statement posed on the Internet, the Young Islamic Movement said they were not involved in the acts that killed the journalists.

“The intention of the young martyrs is not to kill the civilian people but our goal is to hunt down anyone belonging or has contact with the government,”

Meanwhile, Somalia’s interim Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi condemned the killings on the journalists saying this was a work of terrorists in the country.

Gedi said those responsible for the murders of HornAfrik media officials will be found and brought before justice.


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