The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) today expressed deep regret and shock at the death of the Mogadishu reporter of London-based Universal TV who has succumbed to wounds sustained in a targeted attack by gunmen.
Mohamed Mohamud Tima'ade, 26, suffered an internal bleeding and blood loss Saturday evening and died in Madina hospital at around 18 hours on 26 October where he was taken after sustaining wounds to the neck, stomach, chest and shoulder when he was attacked on 22 October in Madina district and gunmen fired at him several times, in an attempt to kill him. Six bullets hit Tima'ade on the neck, shoulder, chest and stomach. Armed men left the journalist as a “dead person”.
“This assassination of a young courageous and professional journalist causes deep pain for all of us,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General. “Journalists all around Somalia share the grief of our Universal TV colleagues. We extend our deepest condolences to Tima'ade's family and to his professional colleagues for this terrible tragedy, and we pledge to stand alongside them in defiance of the killers.”
Tima'ade had earned a name for himself with some incisive reporting on social, security and political issues in Mogadishu, which often featured in the top headlines of Universal TV. He has been at the forefront in campaign by the independent media to fight draft draconian media law by the Ministry of Information, Telecommunication, Posts and Transport and has been taking part in all the campaign activities to fight for media rights in the face of State machinery.
“The work will go on and Somali journalists will not be intimidated and we will continue the fight for media freedom, media independence and journalist safety,” said Osman. “But all of us are deeply saddened by this loss.”
When Mohamed Mohamud Tima'ade was dying in Madina Hospital, 36 journalists working for Radio Shabelle and SkyFM were detained in Criminal Investigation Department (CID), and they received this tragic news inside the CID.
“Instead of ransacking independent media, and trying to silence independent journalists movement, government and its security operatives are expected to pursue the killers of journalists and guarantee their safety” added Osman. “Now we have a government that has a muscle to suppress the independent media, give tacit approval for police brutality and has no time and energy to tackle impunity”.
Mohamed Mohamud Tima'ade is survived by his wife and a daughter. Tima'ade is the seventh media worker and sixth journalist to be killed in Somalia in this year.