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Journalists Killed in 2013 - Motive Confirmed: Abdihared Osman Aden

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 1 March 2014
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Shabelle Media Network
January 18, 2013, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Unidentified gunmen shot Abdihared, a producer for the Shabelle Media Network, at around 7 a.m. while he was walking to work in the Wadajir district of Mogadishu, according to local journalists and news reports. The journalist, who was shot at least three times, died at a local hospital, the sources said.

Shabelle released a statement after the attack, calling Abdihared a veteran TV and radio producer and "outstanding colleague." Abdihared was the fifth Shabelle journalist to be killed in 13 months.

In November 2012, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud said he would be setting up a task force to investigate the cases of journalist murders in the country. News reports quoted the president as saying, "The era of impunity must stop immediately." But the president had not followed through on the pledge by January 2013, according to local journalists.

Abdihared, 45, was survived by his wife and two children.

Medium:Radio, Television
Beats Covered:Culture, Politics
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Unknown Fire
Taken Captive:No
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