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Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Hassan Yusuf Absuge

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 18 December 2012
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Radio Maanta
September 21, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Unidentified armed men shot Hassan, a reporter and producer for the private Radio Maanta, three times in the head near a high school in Yaqshid District in Mogadishu, according to news reports. The assailants fled before the police arrived at the scene, news reports said.

Hassan had worked as a journalist since 1989 and contributed to Radio Mogadishu and the broadcaster GBC, according to local news reports. He had covered a suicide bomb attack the day before at a popular café frequented by journalists and civil servants, according to local journalists and news reports. At least 14 people died in the blast, including three journalists, news reports said.

Local journalists told CPJ that the identities of the gunmen were not clear, but news accounts citing local journalists reported that the attacks were happening in government-controlled areas. "So it could be Al-Shabaab or another militia, or even former government officials," said one journalist who spoke to CPJ on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. It is not clear why Hassan would have been targeted.

Job:Broadcast Reporter, Producer
Beats Covered:Crime, Culture, Politics
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group
Taken Captive:No
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