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We are sadly announcing that our media network has ceased all its media activity after forces from the transitional government of Somalia randomly fired at our premises in Mogadishu yesterday and today.
During yesterday’s siege and barrage of firing at the premises of Shabelle Media Network, there were around 30 personnel at the building including management staff, journalists and supporting staff. All personnel sought cover as the bullets were flying in through the windows and doors.
Even this morning, forces from the transitional federal government of Somalia still continue to assault our station with machineguns while a radio technician is trapped inside.
We are calling both local and international journalist advocacy groups to exert pressure on the government to let that technician be evacuated from the building. We are also calling the international in general and the contact group on Somalia in particular to pressure the government of Somalia guarantee and protect the freedom of expression in Somalia.
Amiin said that militiamen, acting on the orders of the Interior Minister Col. Hassan Mohammed Nur who is known as Shatigudud, entered its Baidoa premises and detained journalists Mohamed Adawe and Ali Mohamed Saed for about eight hours. The transitional government gave no explanation for its action.
Six Somali journalists have been killed in direct relation to their work this year, making it the second deadliest country worldwide for journalists in 2007, CPJ research shows. Only Iraq has been more lethal for journalists.
NAIROBI, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Leaders of Somalia's interim government have given assurances there will be no repeat of an armed raid this week on the independent Shabelle media house, new U.N. special envoy Ahmedou Ould Abdallah said on Saturday.
But he told Reuters "for me that is not enough. I judge people by their acts."
He added in an interview: "They (government leaders) say it was an accident. But what is important is that they recognised it was unnecessary, that it was a mistake."
The government's treatment of journalists has angered press freedom groups, and on Saturday U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Washington was "gravely concerned".
"We call on the Transitional Federal Government to ensure the safety and protection of a free and independent media in Somalia," McCormack said in a statement.
"Shabelle Media Network and other Somali media organisations play a vital role in the continued political dialogue and reconciliation process in Somalia."