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Somali Journalist Wounded in Car Blast in Mogadishu


Abdullahi Osman - 7Dnews Mogadishu

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:57 GMT

A Somali journalist was injured in a car explosion in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday December 4th.

Ismail Sheikh Khalifa, a journalist and a director of Mogadishu-based Radio Hido, was injured after a bomb concealed in his car went off in Mogadishu’s Waberi district. The journalist has been admitted to a Mogadishu hospital, where he is being treated. 

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack on the journalist. Somalia is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. Eleven journalists have been killed in Somalia in the last three years, including three in 2018.

Last month, unknown gunmen killed a journalist in Elasha Biyaha, a small town 17 kilometres from Mogadishu. Abdullahi Hashi was the producer and host of a daily show broadcast on the privately-owned Radio Darul Sunnah.

According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Somalia tops the list of countries where journalists are killed and perpetrators go unpunished. CPJ states that in the past four years 25 journalists were killed in Somalia without anyone being brought to trial.