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Shebelle Journalists Vow to Continue Their Job Despite Army Threat
Mogadishu, 15 September 2007 - Journalists working for Shebelle Media Network have vowed not to give in intimidation after sixteen of them have been briefly detained today by forces from the transitional federal government of Somalia.
"We are not going to stop our profession as journalists because of threat and intimidation as happened today" reads a statement issued in the name of all journalists working for Shebelle Radio which an independent media house based in Somalia's volatile capital city of Mogadishu.
Before the troops came into the premises of Shebelle Media Network, there were sporadic but deliberate shooting targeted the hall where the daily editorial meeting of the radio takes.
the TFG forces have fired ten rounds at the premises of the Radio station before they came, said one journalist who doesn't want to be named because of fear.
Meanwhile, the executive chairman of Shebelle Media Network Mr. Abdmaalik Yusuf Mohamud has appealed to the Somali government to withdraw some of its forces stationed at the main gate of the radio station.
"These troops sitting our main entrance are harassing any journalists getting in or out of Shebelle Media Network and it is the same that thru TV and Radio of GBC was closed down by its management" said Mr. Maalik in a statement.
GBC is another independent media house which is now off air after Somalia's transitional government has deployed troops at its main gate and that has led all its personal to cease their jobs as the deployed forces have posed great risk to the journalists.
The names of Shabelle Journalists threatened to be killed by the Somalia government forces
1. Bashiir Nuur Geedi Head of Shabelle Media
2. Ja'far Kukay Acting director
3. Baabul Noor Mohamed Shabelle Webmaster
4 Mohamed Abdi Farah (Afgoye) Head of the programs
5. A/rahman Yuusuf Head of The News
6 A/kadir Ahmed Olaad Program Producer
7. Abdi-Nour M. Kediye News Caster/ Reporter
8. A/lahi Tajirow Program Producer
9. Mohamed Omar Shiine English news Caster
10 Mohamed Ibrahim Raghe Cameraman/Reporter
11 Mekail Rashiid Barre Reporter
11. A/risak Warsame Reporter
12 Aidid A/rahman Head of The Workers
13. Ali Mohamed Sa'id Technician
14. Mohamed Ahmed Geelle Technician
15. Abdi Mohamed Dabride Comedian
16 Mah'ed Hassan Comedian
17 Sahro Yuusuf Maxamed News Caster
18 Ifraax Cabdi Samad Program Producer
19 Farhiye Sheikh Moh'ed Program Producer
Source: Shebelle Media Network