VOA reporter arrested/Radio Voice of Democracy shelled in Somolia

IFEX and CPJ are reporting that an attack destroyed the Radio Voice of Democracy building Dec. 21 in Somalia killed one and injured two others.

Mortar shells destroyed the Radio Voice of Democracy building this morning in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing Amal Abukar, 22, the wife of the director of the station, Abdirahman Yasin. Abukar died instantly after three mortar shells landed on the station’s building in northern Mogadishu at 10:30 a.m., local journalists told CPJ. Yasin and a producer, Adam Hussein, were injured in the attack.

At the same time, the human rights groups say Voice of America correspondent Mohamed Yasin was arrested inthe capital city, Garowe, Sunday evening. He is now being held at the Puntland Intelligence Service offices.

Local journalists said the arrest may have been because of Yasin’s report on complaints of mistreatment of displaced Somali citizens by the Puntland government. On Nov. 17 a police officer fired at Yasin’s car at a checkpoint, according to the Media Association of Puntland.

First posted at Journalism and the World, the international blog site of the Society of Professional Journalists.


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