Hassan Osman Abdi

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Blog   |   Brazil, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia

In Index, a pattern of death, a roadmap for solutions

Activists protest impunity in journalist murders in the Philippines. (AFP/Noel Celis)

Gerardo Ortega's news and talk show on DWAR in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, went off as usual on the morning of January 24, 2011. Ortega, like many radio journalists in the Philippines, was outspoken about government corruption, particularly as it concerned local mining issues. His show over, Ortega left the studios and headed to a local clothing store to do some shopping. There, he was shot in the back of the head. His murder underlines the characteristics and security challenges common to many of the killings documented as part of CPJ's new Impunity Index: A well-known local journalist whose daily routines were easily tracked, Ortega had been followed and killed by a hired gunman. He had been threatened many times before in response to his tough political commentary, a pattern that shows up time and again on CPJ's Impunity Index.

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Journalist deaths spike in 2012 due to Syria, Somalia

Syrian violence contributed to a sharp rise in the number of journalists killed for their work in 2012, as did a series of murders in Somalia. The dead include a record proportion of journalists who worked online. A CPJ special report

A journalist dodges gunfire in the Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)

Alerts   |   Somalia

Journalist dies from gunshot wounds in Somalia

Mohamed Mohamud 'Turyare' died on Sunday from gunshot wounds he sustained on October 21. (Mohamed Abdi)

Nairobi, October 29, 2012--Somali authorities should conduct a thorough investigation into the October 21 shooting of journalist Mohamed Mohamud "Turyare," who died from his wounds on Sunday, and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Mohamed, 22, a reporter and website editor for the Shabelle Media Network, had been shot by unidentified gunmen in the Hawo Tako neighborhood in the Wadajir district of Mogadishu, according to local journalists and news reports. He was hospitalized for abdominal surgery, and local journalists told CPJ his health was improving until Saturday afternoon. He died at around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, the journalists said.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Somali journalist shot, killed by unknown gunmen

Somali people carry the coffin of journalist Hassan Osman Abdi, who was killed on Saturday evening. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

New York, January 30, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is saddened by Saturday's murder of a Somali journalist and calls on authorities to investigate the killing immediately and bring those responsible to justice.

January 30, 2012 10:29 AM ET



Hassan Osman Abdi

(Somalia Report)

Unknown gunmen ambushed Hassan, director of the Shabelle Media Network, as he was entering his home and shot him five times in the head and chest, according to local journalists. The murder occurred around 6:30 p.m. in the government-controlled Wadajir District of the capital, Mogadishu, according to the same sources.

Police announced the arrests of four suspects, two of whom they said matched the descriptions given by eyewitnesses to the killing. A few hours before the murder, a man claiming to be a businessman entered the station's offices and spoke to Hassan about an advertising contract, according to his colleagues. The man was allegedly overheard asking Hassan about the time and manner in which he got home and requested a meeting with him, Shabelle's head of development and international relations, Ali Dahir Abdi, told CPJ.

Nicknamed "Fantastic," Hassan was the producer and presenter of three major news programs: a daily news analysis program called "Diirada," a monthly investigative magazine, and a call-in program, according to Ali. In recent weeks, he had aired investigative reports detailing alleged corruption at Mogadishu's seaport and in the Banadir regional administration, Ali said.

Information Minister Abdulkadir Hussein condemned the murder in a statement and called the Shabelle Media Network "one of the most important and pioneering media houses serving the country." He said police were investigating and would "not leave a stone unturned," according to news reports. The African Union offered to assist the government in its investigation, AU spokesman Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda said in a statement.

Hassan, who was in his mid-30s, is survived by a wife and three children, according to Ali. 

January 28, 2012 2:17 PM ET


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