Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Somalia: Radio Station in Islamist-Controlled Town Forced Off the Air


The only radio station in an Islamist-controlled town in southern Somalia was shuttered by militants in a raid last week, according to the station's director. About 10 armed militiamen from Al Shabab, a hardline Islamist insurgent group controlling the coastal town of Kismayo since August, forced the local station of independent broadcasting network HornAfrik ( http://www.hornafrik.com ) off the air on December 13, director Ahmed Mohamed Aden told CPJ. The militia handed Aden an order signed by Sheikh Hassan Yaqub Ali, the information secretary of the Islamic administration in Kismayo, accusing the station of airing music and "anti-Islamist" information, he said ."The forced closure of HornAfrik in Kismayo indicates that there are no parts of Somalia where press freedom is respected," said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Tom Rhodes. "We call on the information secretary of the Islamic administration to reverse his decision and allow Kismayo's only radio station, HornAfrik, back on the air. The free-flow of news is in the country's best interest." The raid took place in the evening of December 13, shortly after the station aired a news item reporting civilian casualties in fighting between Al Shabab fighters and local militia in the southwestern town of Dobley, near the Kenyan border, according to Aden. Islamist administration spokesman Ali officially reported a total of seven military casualties on both sides, but no civilian deaths, according to local journalists.
The raid occurred a day after HornAfrik celebrated its 12th anniversary as Somalia's first ever independent broadcaster, according to news reports. Warlords, Islamists, and the Somali Transitional Federal Government have variously attacked ( http://cpj.org/2007/04/in-somalia-shelling-destroys-broadcast-stations-in.php ) and harassed ( http://cpj.org/2007/06/somali-government-cracks-down-on-media-over-securi.php ) the station over its coverage, according to CPJ research. HornAfrik's co-founder Ali Sharmarke ( http://cpj.org/2007/08/in-somalia-two-prominent-journalists-assassinated.php ) was among seven journalists murdered in the line of duty in 2007.
Since capturing Kismayo on August 23, the Al Shabab administration has imposed strict restrictions on press freedom, including pre-broadcast censorship, according to local journalists. The city remains one of the most dangerous for journalists in Somalia. This year alone, two Kismayo-based journalists, Nasteh Dahir Farah ( http://cpj.org/2008/06/cpj-calls-for-an-investigation-into-somali-journal.php ) and Hassan Kafi Hared ( http://cpj.org/2008/01/cpj-mourns-the-death-of-somali-reporter.php ), were murdered with total impunity.
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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

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His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic
Somalia

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