NUSOJ condemns assassination of Somali prominent comedian
Mogadishu,The National Union of Somali Journalists condemns the murder of Somali prominent comedian Abdi Jaylaani Malaaq (Marshaale)
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) Denounces in the
strongest terms possible to the killing of the Somali comedian and a
media worker in Mogadishu on July 31, 2012, making it the seventh to
be killed in Somalia in 2012 alone.
Two unknown assailants shot to death a renowned Somali comedian and a
media worker, Abdi Malaq Jeylani better known as Marshale, in front of
his home in Waberi district in Mogadishu at late Tuesday afternoon on
July 31, 2012 around 5:30pm local time.
The attackers fled the scene immediately. No group has claimed the
responsibility of the attack.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns this heinous
attack in the strongest terms possible. The Union’s sincere and
heartfelt condolences go out to the families and Friends of Late
Jeylani who was assassinated near his home in Waberi district.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of late
Jeylani affected this terrible tragedy." Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ
Secretary General said, “We must stand together in challenging the
reckless impunity in a widespread and call for the government to
investigate these horrible crimes against the journalists and the
“We call upon the Somali government to protect the journalists at
this critical stage in which the country is in transition as the
criminals are killing a journalist each month and walk freely without
facing justice.” Mr. Ibrahim added.
Late Jeylani, 43, has worked several radio and Television stations
and took part dramas that were critical to the Shabab. He has
previously reported to the union that he has received several
threatening phone calls from the Shabab ordering him to abandon the
He survived two wives and six (6) children. One of the wives is
pregnant. He is the seventh to be killed in 2012 and several other
journalists survived from assassination attempts.
On July 8, 2012, A Somali Journalist, Abdulkadir Omar Abdulle survived
from an assassination attempt near his home at Madina District in
Mogadishu when two unidentified gunmen approached him and shot him
He is recovering at the Nairobi Hospital and he is now in
good health. Similarly, Two armed men shot and seriously wounded
Mohamed Shariif of Bar-Kulan Radio, a UN Funded radio, at hamarjajab
district minutes after he left the office Horn Cable television and
was heading home on June 8, 2012.