HEADLINES:

To Get Story, Somali Journalists Risk Bullets and Bombs

0
Tuesday January 31, 2017 - 12:56:35 in Articles by Super Admin
  • Visits: 3994
  • (Rating 5.0/5 Stars) Total Votes: 1
  • 1 0
  • Share via Social Media

    To Get Story, Somali Journalists Risk Bullets and Bombs

    On Wednesday, January 25, events in Mogadishu showed again why the Somali capital might be the most dangerous city in the world for journalists.

    Share on Twitter Share on facebook Share on Digg Share on Stumbleupon Share on Delicious Share on Google Plus

Feisal Omar, a photographer for the Reuters news agency, has been injured while covering a dangerous situation in Somali.
On Wednesday, January 25, events in Mogadishu showed again why the Somali capital might be the most dangerous city in the world for journalists.

Reporters had rushed to the Dayah Hotel after al-Shabab militants detonated a truck bomb at the hotel's main gate and then stormed the premises, exchanging gunfire with security guards. The entire façade of the five-story hotel had been ripped away, and bodies littered the street.

The reporters were interviewing rescue workers and surveying the damage when a second vehicle bomb went off, 15 minutes after the first. Seven journalists suffered shrapnel wounds. One, a reporter for French news agency AFP, was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and remained there as of Monday.

Sustaining injuries during explosions and attacks by al-Shabab is a common experience for journalists working in Mogadishu. Al-Shabab, which is attempting to overthrow Somalia's federal government, regularly attacks the capital's hotels, which are gathering spots for officials, parliamentarians and government-connected business people.

Most of the reporters are freelancers, with no security to protect them and no health benefits if they are injured on the job.

Feisal Omar, a photographer for the Reuters news agency, says journalists charge into a dangerous situation anyway.

"When things happen, freelance journalists are the first to arrive at the scene only with cameras. The place we are arriving at is very hostile, explosions can target us, we can be caught in the crossfire, and we can be arrested by government security agencies because of the pictures we shot,” Omar said. "We are like first responding unarmed soldiers.”

In 2011, Omar was one of three Reuters photographers who won awards at the 54th annual World Press Photo contest. Two years later, in November 2013, he was injured in an explosion at Mogadishu's Sahafi hotel.

Farah Abdi Warsame, a photographer for the Associated Press, was injured while covering the latest hotel bombing in Mogadishu.

Farah Abdi Warsame, a photographer for the Associated Press, was injured while covering the latest hotel bombing in Mogadishu.


‘Operating with indefinite death sentence’

Six of the journalists injured Wednesday were working on freelance contracts with major news agencies and television networks , among them AFP, the Associated Press, Al-Arabia and Al Jazeera television.

One of them was photojournalist Farah Abdi Warsame of AP. He took second prize in the General News Stories category of the 2010 World PressPhoto contest. His photo showed a young man being stoned to death by Somalia's al-Shabab militants.

Abdi, 45 and a father of three, said he and his fellow freelance journalists are on alert every day, 24/7, to rush to where the news breaks, and many times they themselves become part of the headlines.

Wednesday marked the second time he was injured covering the news.

"In July 2016, I was also among several journalists hurt in a press conference bombing in Mogadishu,” he said. "It is like operating with an indefinite death sentence.”

Abdi said he knows the danger he faces when he leaves home every day, but has good reason to sacrifice.

"Knowing the risks and the fact that I want to show the world the outrage and sometimes positive things happening in my country, I rush to everywhere the news breaks, regardless of the risks surrounding me,” he told VOA's Somali service. "I must also take care of my three kids.”

Another journalist injured on Wednesday was Abdulkadir Zubeyr, a cameraman with the Al Arabiya news channel. In December 2009, his older brother, Hassan Zubeyr, who was also a cameraman for Al-Arabiya, was one of 25 people killed in the bombing of a graduation ceremony at the Hotel Shamo in Mogadishu.

"I took the job after my brother died to take care of his kids and the family." Zubeyr said. "I knew the risk."

Mohamed Abdiwahab, a journalist with AFB, was wounded while covering Wednesday's bombings in Mogadishu.

Mohamed Abdiwahab, a journalist with AFB, was wounded while covering Wednesday's bombings in Mogadishu.

 

The exploitation of freelancers

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which has documented journalists' deaths worldwide, 62 have been killed in Somalia since 1992. In some cases, al-Shabab has murdered journalists for what the group considered unfriendly reporting, or for alleged collaboration with the government.

Many of the deaths, however, occurred while journalists were trying to take pictures or gather information for a story.

Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, secretary-general of the National Union of Somali Journalists, who previously worked with the BBC and Reuters, said more than 100 freelance journalists are working with foreign media outlets, risking their lives daily in Mogadishu.

"In a country, where 70 percent of the population is under the age of 30 and [there is] 75 percent unemployment, the result is that very young, inexperienced freelance journalists risk their lives for survival,” Moalimuu said. "They depend on photography to make a living.”

He says media companies exploit them and buy their material for less than $60 regardless of the story, the quality and the danger they go through to garner them.

"They get no training, safety instructions, safety equipment or insurance, and they report from combat zones in Somalia, one of the world's most dangerous places, and unfortunately they do not get benefits equivalent to their materials and dedications,” Moalimuu said.

"They are cheap labor in a dangerous zone, and receive no proper treatment from the editors at the companies they work with, who mostly likely sit in very peaceful offices in Nairobi. A lack of experience, combined with a lack of money and respect, can be deadly for journalists in war zones.”

Abdullahi Olad Roble, Somalia's deputy minister of information, said he has warned journalists to be careful.

"I know journalists like to tell the story, and I think all of them know (that) no story is worth dying for. Please, try not to rush to the battle zones and attack scenes because that only increases the chance of you dying in explosions, crossfire and terrorist booby traps," Roble said.

He accused international and local media outlets of thrusting inexperienced young journalists into tragic circumstances.

"Most of the active video- and photojournalists whose work appears on the Somalia international headlines do not get the necessary hostile environment training they need. And the news outlets they work for push them to put themselves in harm's way to report first-hand," he said.

Source: VOA Somali .

Share on Social Media

Training Seminar for Journalists on International Standards of Freedom of Expression

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has delivered a training seminar in Mogadishu, Somalia, on International Standards of Freedom of Expression for 30 journalists from private media. Full Article

 

Somali President authorized killing of 7 innocent people - one Family

The statement from Somali Minister of information is not true because the Somali Government are bombing 7 innocent people who where sleep at her home in Jilib of Lower Jubba Somalia. This is the false statement from Somali Government. Full Article

 

Topnews:- Amisom oo hub siisay beel xasuuq ka wada Somalia ?

Waagacusub.net - Saraakiil ay ka mid yihiin Afhayeenka Amisom Jeneral Subagle oo u dhashay qabiilka Ciisaha Jibouti ee Dirta ayaa hub iyo gabaad siiyay Maleeshiyaad beesha Biyomaal u dhashay oo xasuuq baahsan kula kacay dad rayida oo u dhashay beelsha Hawiye. Full Article

 

Somalia:beggar Minister and Con Artist MP

Is Minister Yariisow a government official or a beggar ? Full Article

 

[Daawo Video CCTV] Fadeexadii doorashadii Gudoonka Wakiiladda Somaliland oo la helay

Daawo Video CCTV Fadeexadii doorashadii Gudoonka Wakiiladda Somaliland oo la helay Full Article

 

Topnews:- Baarlamaanka Somalia oo maanta shaqadda ka eryi doona Wasiir Xoosh kadib markii ?

Waagacusub.net - Wasiirka Dastuurka Federalka Somalia Abuukaate Cabdi Xoosh ayaa shalay ka dhoofay Muqdisho isagoo diiday inuu hortago baarlamaanka Somalia oo su'aalo rabay iney weeydiiyaan. Full Article

 

Somalia: Government's PR Strategy Mocked As Hashtag Igu Sawir Goes Viral

Waagacusub.net - Hip Hop Artiste IlKacase Song "Igu Sawir" Goes Viral As Somalia Govt is Mocked Over Photo PR Stunts. Full Article

 

AFEX Petitions Somali President over Repressive Media Bill

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) has called on the President of Somalia, Mr Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed Farmaajo, to ensure that new repressive media bill, which seeks to muzzle freedom of expression rights, both offline and online in the country is not passed by Parliament. Full Article

 

Child Rights Training for Journalists concluded in Mogadishu

The National Union of Somali Journalists supported by UNICEF have successfully concluded a three day training on child rights in Mogadishu on Monday. Full Article

 

Somalia: The diplomat with no diplomatic immunity

Under the international law, the diplomatic passport holders are granted all immunity and privilege guaranteed under diplomatic status, making it easier for them to carry out their duties without restrictions. Full Article

 


Leave a comment

  Tip

  Tip

  Tip

  Tip

  Tip


Somalia:beggar Minister and Con Artist MP

Is Minister Yariisow a government official or a beggar ?

Somalia: Government's PR Strategy Mocked As Hashtag Igu Sawir Goes Viral

Waagacusub.net - Hip Hop Artiste IlKacase Song "Igu Sawir" Goes Viral As Somalia Govt is Mocked Over Photo PR Stunts.

Child Rights Training for Journalists concluded in Mogadishu

The National Union of Somali Journalists supported by UNICEF have successfully concluded a three day training on child rights in Mogadishu on Monday.

Somalia: The diplomat with no diplomatic immunity

Under the international law, the diplomatic passport holders are granted all immunity and privilege guaranteed under diplomatic status, making it easier for them to carry out their duties without restrictions.

Breaking News: 17 reported dead in Somalia restaurant attack another hostages held

Gunmen posing as military forces held an unknown number of hostages inside a popular restaurant in Somalia's capital in an attack that left 14 people dead and began when a car bomb exploded, police and a witness said Wednesday night.

Somali President authorized killing of 7 innocent people - one Family

The statement from Somali Minister of information is not true because the Somali Government are bombing 7 innocent people who where sleep at her home in Jilib of Lower Jubba Somalia. This is the false statement from Somali Government. Full Article

 

Turkey:Joint Statement of HAK-İŞ-FESTU Bilateral Meeting

A high-level Bilateral Meeting of the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) and the Confederation of Turkish Real Trade Unions (HAK-İŞ) took place in Ankara, Turkey, on 14-15 August 2-17. HAKIS President, Mahmut Arslan and FESTU General Secretary, Omar Faruk Osman, led the respective delegations. This was the first such comprehensive bilateral meeting. Full Article

 

Topnews:- Amisom oo hub siisay beel xasuuq ka wada Somalia ?

Waagacusub.net - Saraakiil ay ka mid yihiin Afhayeenka Amisom Jeneral Subagle oo u dhashay qabiilka Ciisaha Jibouti ee Dirta ayaa hub iyo gabaad siiyay Maleeshiyaad beesha Biyomaal u dhashay oo xasuuq baahsan kula kacay dad rayida oo u dhashay beelsha Hawiye. Full Article

 

Topnews:- Dowladda Farmaajo oo shaqaaleysiineysa Laba kun qof oo ka soo jeeda Puntland iyo Jubaland.

Waagacusub.net - Dowladda Federaalka Somalia ayaa qorsheysay in 2,000 (Laba kun) qofood oo u dhashay beelo cayiman lagu kordhiyo shaqaalaha Dowladda Federaalka iyo maamulka Gobolka Banaadir. Full Article

 

Somalia:beggar Minister and Con Artist MP

Is Minister Yariisow a government official or a beggar ? Full Article

 

Ethiopian professor writes about Ethiopia's policy of destabilizing Somalia

Ethiopian foreign policy and the Ogaden War: the shift from "containment" to "destabilization," 1977–1991 Full Article

 

Ethiopian military and political backing for sale by a corrupt officer called Gabre Part 1

The most Ethiopian corrupt military officer who is called Haile Gabre known by Somalis as General Gabre becoming extremely wealthy from the huge sums of money that he is getting from opportunistic Somali politicians who want to buy the sympathy of Addis Ababa, one of his juniors told Waagacusub anonymously. Full Article

 

Suspected Shabab Security officer elected by Somali senate.

Sunatimes.com - The vast majority of the Somali people were dismayed by the selection of Abshir Mohamed Bukhari who is well known for his radical views and unlimited support for the terrorist group Al-Shabab, a Somali based terror group that have links to Al-Qaeda and newly founded ISIS. Full Article

 

As ISIS Struggles for Influence in Somalia, al-Shabab Remains the Main Threat

The so-called Islamic State received some modest good news recently from Somalia, in what has otherwise been a dismal stretch of losses for the jihadi group. In October Full Article

 

Amid dwindling donor support, one million displaced Somali refugees grow hopeless, UN agency warns

UNHCR Special Envoy Mohamed Abdi Affey (second, right) listens to a Somali refugee in Dadaab, Kenya, who has opted to return home under a voluntary repatriation programme. Photo: UNHCR/Modesta Ndubi Full Article