Unidentified people threw two grenades at Galkayo branch of Radio Daljir in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland last week.The station is able to continue broadcasting and it was suspected the attacks could be linked to the station’s past programming, which included broadcasts that encouraged citizens not to join insurgent militia groups such as Al-Shabaab.
On Tuesday 233rd of October, 2013 unidentfied gunmen attempt killing of a local prominent Tv journalist Mohamed Mohamud Timacade in wadajir district in Mogadishu. As he was on his way from home to the Tv station at around 7:00AM and now he is Madina hospital but still unconscious.
Dramatically, the Secretary General of the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) H.E. Mr. Daud Abdi Daud who is also a senior investigative journalist and press freedom activist and extraordinarily well trained how to report peace and conflict sensitive topics believes that the following Somalia’s moving from the anarchy and chaos over the last two decades and completed its political transition with the election of a new federal parliament and speaker, the national constituent assembly’s adoption of a provisional constitution, the election of a new President, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and the naming of a new prime minister and Cabinet Somalia will remain the most dangerous place to work as journalist due to lack of media understanding by the radical religion leaders, the policy makers, security institutions and the business groups.
“Obviously, the Coverage in Somali media of peace and sustainable development-based topics is extremely limited there are many young journalists, but their reporting interests are predominantly political, in particular reporting on inter-clan fighting, religiously motivated violence and the civil war. And their experience geography of writing is extremely negative point due to lack of adequate training and basic knowledge of journalism. “While the above mentioned kind of media coverage style is exist in the most regions of Somalia the country’s most social addiction is not ethically appreciated due to the continual misinformation from the radical religion leaders, the policy makers, security institutions officers, district and regional level officials and the business groups. Mr. Daud added
He also stated that few media owners are basically damaging the dignity of the media practitioners and journalists as they used their media outlets as weapons and making a kind of stereotype news and reports against public or political individuals which is defamation and offensive one with a lot of worry.
Mr. Daud calls Somalia authorities to come up with plan to ensure journalists security and not continue the hate speech that they were commonly used before anymore.