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Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Ali Ahmed Abdi

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 18 December 2012
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Ali Ahmed Abdi, 18 December 2012, available at: [accessed 21 January 2018]
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March 4, 2012, in Galkayo, Somalia

Assailants shot Ali in the head near his home in the north-central town of Galkayo in the semi-autonomous republic of Puntland at around 9 p.m., local journalists told CPJ. The attack occurred in Galkayo's northern district of Is-Raac.

Al-Shabaab insurgents claimed responsibility for the murder through a broadcast on their station, Radio Andalus, the following evening, and accused the reporter of being a "spy" for the Puntland government, local journalists told CPJ.

After working for the community station Radio Galkayo for three years, Ali had recently quit his position as head of programs to pursue further education in Uganda, local journalists told CPJ. Ali also contributed to the local pro-government news website Puntlandi and to a community radio station that was based in Canada.

Local journalists said Ali was targeted for comments reported on Radio Galkayo and in Puntlandi. Radio Galkayo is considered one of the few outspoken critics of the insurgent group Al-Shabaab, which has fought the Puntland administration since 2007.

An active member of civil society in the Muldug region of Puntland, Ali wrote a column for the Puntlandi website called "Decide your future in Muldug" and led a youth group under the same name.

Medium:Radio, Internet
Job:Broadcast Reporter, Columnist / Commentator, Internet Reporter
Beats Covered:Human Rights, Politics, War
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group
Taken Captive:No
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