Monday April 11,
2016 - Al Shaabab sympathiser and journalist is
executed after court finds him guilty of the murder of
at least one journalist. Implicated in the deaths of
man who has been described as a respected broadcaster
and journalist in Somalia for many years has been
executed by a firing squad in the Somali capital,
The execution was carried out after he was sentenced to death
for his alleged role
in supporting the terrorist organisation Al-Shaabab.
Hassan Hanafi is alleged to have used his affinity to
and connections with
Al-Shaabab to finger colleague journalists - threatening
them with death should they fail to fall in line with
the edict of Al-Shaabab. Kindly recall that - in a
profile of Hassan Hanafi
on the BBC website Abdinoor Aden had this -
"Hassan Hanafi was a respected reporter and broadcaster
in Somalia for many years. Now, he has been sentenced to
death by firing squad for colluding with Islamist
militant group al-Shabab in the murder of five fellow
journalists between 2007 and 2011.
Hanafi was born in the central Hiran region of Somalia
in the early 1980s. When his family moved to Europe in
the 1990s, he was the only one who stayed behind.
From 2003, he became a household name to many radio
listeners in Somalia after joining popular Quran FM
station in the capital Mogadishu.
He left in 2006 to
become an online reporter for a leading Somali website.
A few years later, signs of his affiliation to al-Shabab
emerged as he became the major source of all breaking
news or reaction from the militant group."
The Voice of America,
reporting on the execution stated -
government on Monday executed a former journalist
accused of helping al-Shabab militants kill at least
five other journalists in Mogadishu between 2007 and
Officials and witnesses say a firing squad
executed Hassan Hanafi Haji at a police academy in
Mogadishu. Haji was extradited from Kenya last year at
the request of the Somali government.
Mohamed, deputy judge of the military court, talked to
the media after the execution and said the former
journalist had a fair trial and finally faced justice.
"He has been going under court process since earlier
2015. So, now with all the evidences and his confession
the justice had been done," Mohamed said.
Haji acted as al-Shabab's liaison officer to the media
and pressured journalists to report according to the
group's media rules, which included avoiding stories
related to military setbacks. He was known to threaten
journalists and radio stations if they did not comply.
He later worked for Radio Andalus, al-Shabab’s official
media outlet. "He tasted the pain he inflicted [on] our
colleagues. Justice should not only be done but it must
be seen to be done," said a prominent local journalist,
speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of
The BBC had this -
"A Somali journalist who helped al-Shabab kill five
fellow reporters has been executed by firing squad.
Hassan Hanafi, once a respected broadcaster, was
sentenced to death last month by a military court in the
He assisted the Islamist militant
group by identifying possible targets amongst
journalists between 2007 and 2011. He joined its armed
wing after working for Radio Andalus, al-Shabab's
mouthpiece in Somalia"
Daily Mail had
these headlines -
"Trussed to a post then shot by firing
squad: Terrorist who murdered five journalists is
executed in Somalia.
Hassan Hanafi, a former media
officer for the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, was
sentenced to death last month. The 30-year-old was tied
to a wooden post before a Somali firing squad opened
fire in the capital Mogadishu.
Hanafi was widely known
for arranging news conferences in the years when al
Shabaab militants controlled the city."
This news outlet also reported that a
few days before Hassan Hanafi's execution, two other Al-Shaabab
operatives were also shot by a firing squad after they
were found guilty of the murder of Somalia female
Hindiyo Haji Mohamed
by a car bomb.
She never stood a chance as she
succumbed to the horrendous wounds inflicted by the
Daily Mail -
al-Shabaab members have been executed by firing squad
today for the murder of a journalist killed by a car
bomb last year in Somalia. Abdirisak Mohamed Barow et
Hassan Nur Ali, who admitted being al-Shabaab members
during their trial, were tied to posts and shot dead in
'Both of them were found guilty of murdering
journalist Hindiyo Haji Mohamed whose car was blown with
explosive device,' Abdulahi Hussein Mohamed, deputy
judge of the supreme military court said.
The International Federation of
Journalists, IFJ, and the National Union of Somali
Journalists, NUSOJ, condemned the murder
of the journalist, Hindiyo Haji Mohamed whose only crime was to be perceived
as not following the dictates of Al-Shaabab in carrying
out her work.
"The union called for an investigation
into the journalist's murder to identify and punish her
"We all mourn this disastrous assassination of Hindiyo Haji Mohamed which is another reminder of the
risks Somali journalists continue to face regularly.
This was targeted killing, deliberately meant to
Those who deliberately seek to harm
unsuspecting members of the public, including
journalists, need to be condemned and hunted down to
answer for their actions," said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ
The IFJ backs NUSOJ's call and sent
its condolences to the friends and family of the
reporter, the first female journalist killed in Somalia
in the past five years and the fourth journalist
murdered in the country in 2015, according to statistics.
"We are appalled by this outrageous targeting and
killing of Hindiyo Haji Mohamed who had herself lost a
journalist husband to mindless violence," said the IFJ
President Jim Boumelha, adding that "Our thoughts go to
her family, especially the seven children who have now
lost both of their parents.
We wholeheartedly back NUSOJ's call for a thorough investigation so that her
murderers can face the full force of the law. In the
meanwhile, the IFJ will continue to its own work to
promote the personal safety of all Somalian journalists
so they can safely do their job of reporting the truth
on the ground".
National television journalist Hindiyo Haji Mohamed was
killed in December when her car blew up as she returned
home from a university class in Mogadishu.
late husband also worked as a journalist with the same
television station and was tragically killed in a
suicide attack on a Mogadishu restaurant in 2012.
'Hindiyo died at the hospital of the serious injuries
she sustained, we are very sorry about her death,'
Abdirahin Ise Ado, director of Radio Mogadishu, said at
the time. The military court recently rejected an appeal
by the men - and increased their sentence from life
imprisonment to execution.
The likes of Hassan Hanafi were also to
be found in Sierra Leone during those terrible days of
junta occupation led by one Johnny Paul Koroma.
were journalists who did not only drink from the bloody
cup of the murderous junta but kept their supply of fuel
and looted vehicles by fingering journalists perceived
to be against the junta.
Fuel chits were supplied that
ensured that the looted vehicles gifted to them were
ready to be used in the service of the junta as one
David Tam Baryoh witnessed when he was arrested.
It is worth noting and observing just how
some of the hard core supporters of the murderous junta
using their professional badge as journalists have now
found a new haven in what passes for a civilian
administration in Sierra Leone - a set-up that bears all
the traits of the AFRC/RUF in all but name.
It is so simple to discern just how they
operate with articles syndicated among their members
using neo-Nazi style propaganda as they heap the usual
fawning garlands on the chief nation wrecker at State
House - the rat.