13/02/09 (B485-B) Somalie : le nouveau Président demande aux USA de retirer certains acteurs somaliens de leur “Black List”. L’association des journalistes somaliens dénoncent les commentaires d’Ould. Al Shabaab réaffirme son opposition au nouveau Président. (3 articles en Anglais et en Français)

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La direction de l’Union somalienne des journalistes dénonce le commentaire controversé du plus haut délégué des Nations Unies en Somalie, estimant qu’il encouragerait ceux qui ont récemment assassiné des journalistes dans le pays. U.N. envoy ‘motivates Somali warlords

A controversial comment by the top U.N. envoy to Somalia “motivates” those who have carried out recent fatal attacks against journalists in the war-torn country, the head of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the U.N. special representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, compared the role of Somalia’s media with the infamous Rwandan radio station that was used to incite participation in the 1994 genocide in that country.

A day after his remarks, suspected Islamist gunmen shot and killed Said Tahlil Ahmed, the director of independent HornAfrik Radio in Mogadishu, in broad daylight in the Somali capital.

Ould-Abdallah’s statement “motivates the criminals and warlords who have been committing unpunished crimes against journalists to keep on their merciless war against media,” according to Omar Faruk Osman, head of the NUSOJ.

It also “raises serious questions regarding the willingness of (Ould-Abdallah) to help protect Somalia’s endangered media professionals,” Faruk Osman said.

He called on the U.N. official to “immediately withdraw allegations against Somali media and make (a) public apology.”

“If the U.N. ambassador does not meet our demand, it only confirms a hidden and dangerous agenda by the U.N. official,” he said.

Last week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Ould-Abdallah to “immediately retract” his statement.

In a February 3 Voice of America interview, Ould-Abdallah reacted angrily to allegations that African Union troops the day before had indiscriminately fired on Somali civilians after their convoy was struck by a roadside bomb. HRW has also called for an independent investigation into that incident, which killed at least 13 — most of them civilians.

“What happened is to divert attention from what is going on here and, as usual, to use the media to repeat Radio Mille Collines, to repeat the genocide in Rwanda,” Ould-Abdallah said in the VOA broadcast.

Faruk Osman said that while not all Somali journalists are perfect, “they are working in an extraordinarily difficult environment by the fault of politicians, and toothless diplomats.”

“The comparison with Radio Mille Collines is insulting, ignorant and dangerous, as that radio had become a legitimate military target in Rwanda,” the NUSOJ secretary-general added.

On Saturday, another Somali journalist, Hassan Bulhan Ali, was stabbed five times in the stomach and heart during a tribal reconciliation meeting in the central town of Abudwaq, according to NUSOJ. Bulhan, 38 and director of Radio Abudwaq — was critically wounded.

“Somali journalists have paid an enormous price to continue reporting on the crisis in Somalia,” said Georgette Gagnon, HRW’s Africa director.

“The U.N. should be making every effort to support independent Somali media and civil society at this critical time, not comparing journalists to war criminals.”

Somali radio stations in Mogadishu recently agreed to take steps to avoid broadcasting any messages of incitement, according to Shabelle Media.

The stations agreed not to air live sermons by Muslim clerics or live news conferences or interviews by insurgent groups in an effort to avoid promoting their political agendas, according to the Shabelle report.

The statements will instead be recorded and “checked and edited,” before they are broadcast, it said.

CNN regularly works with Somali journalists who are employed by Shabelle Media.

The Committee to Protect Journalists lists Somalia as the seventh most deadly nation in the world for journalists, with 11 Somali journalists killed since 2007, including Said Tahlil Ahmed and another this year.

Members of the news media work under duress there amid a war between a weak transitional government and insurgents, the committee said. CNN

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Somalie : Al-Shabaab réitère son opposition au nouveau président

Le mouvement islamiste Al-Shabaab a répété jeudi son opposition au nouveau président somalien, Sharif Cheikh Ahmed, jurant de continuer d’attaquer les forces de maintien de la paix de l’Union africaine à Mogadiscio.

“Pour nous, le président Sharif (Cheikh Ahmed) n’est pas différent de son prédécesseur Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed et nous continuerons le Jihad (guerre sainte) contre les envahisseurs (la mission de l’Union africaine)”, a souligné Shiek Muqtar Robow Abu Mansur lors d’une conférence de presse organisée à Baidoa, ville du sud de la Somalie et ancien siège du parlement somalien.

Abu Mansour a déclaré que le gouvernement du président Ahmed n’applique pas la loi islamique dans le pays et a averti les pays africains envisageant d’envoyer leurs troupes en Somalie que leurs soldats seraient la cible des attaques du groupe.

“Nous disons au Nigeria de ne pas envoyer ses troupes dans notre pays. S’ils vous disent que nous ne vous combattrons pas parce que les Ethiopiens ont quitté le pays, c’est un mensonge, et nous vous combattrons avec la même férocité employée avec les troupes éthiopiennes”, a affirmé Abu Mansour.

Il a réfuté les informations médiatiques selon lesquelles le nouveau président somalien et lui-même se sont rencontrés à Mogadiscio, expliquant qu’il s’agissait là d’une partie du plan de la “guerre médiatique” contre son groupe, Al-Shabaab, classé par les Etats-Unis sur la liste des organisations terroristes.

Abu Mansour, a affirmé qu’aucun officiel de son groupe n’a rencontré le président somalien pendant sa visite à Mogadiscio cette semaine et a promis qu’ils “ne le rencontreront jamais ni ne partageront quoi que se soit avec lui”.

Le président Ahmed a révélé, juste avant son départ de la capitale somalienne, avoir eu “des réunions directes et indirectes avec certains leaders de l’opposition” sans nommer de groupe en particulier. Il a ajouté que ses rencontres avec les dirigeants locaux civils, religieux et politiques ont été un “succès” et qu’il est optimiste de voir la paix régner en Somalie.

Par ailleurs, un certain nombre d’obus ont été tirés sur le port maritime de Mogadiscio, où un navire transportant des marchandises pour les 3.400 soldats de la mission de l’UA était amarré. Cet incident n’aurait fait ni victime, ni dégât.

________________________________ 1 – Shabelle (En Anglais)

Le nouveau Président somalien demande aux USA d’actualiser leur “Black List” afin de retirer certains acteurs somaliens. // US urged to review Somalia blacklist

President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed meets with the US envoy to Somalia, demanding Washington to remove certain individuals from its blacklist.

The newly-elected Somali president held talks with the United States officials on Wednesday a day after he met with a number rebel leaders from major opposition movements.

The rebel commanders included Hassan Turkey of Muaskar Raskaboni group, Sheikh Yusuf Mohamed Siyad Indho Adde of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), al-Shabaab’s Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Mansur and Sheikh Omar Iman Abubakar of the Asmara wing of the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS), sources close to president told Press TV on condition of anonymity.

Sheikh Ahmed is attempting to convince Washington to remove the four leaders — whose fighters have been planning attacks against foreign troops and African Union peacekeepers — from its terrorist list, arguing that they are popular leaders widely supported by the Somalis.

The negotiations come as part of the president’s reconciliation effort aimed at bringing together all Somali factions to help craft his promised “inclusive coalition.”

Sheikh Ahmed, a cleric and a former ARS leader, was elected president by Somali lawmakers who convened in Djibouti in the wake of embattled former president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed’s resignation in December.

Meanwhile, Somalia is eying a new prime minister as more than 20 well-known politicians are running for the post whose powers are drowned out by those of president.

Many analysts believe Maslah Mohamed Siyad Barre, the son of ousted military dictator Syiad Barre, will win the country’s premiership.

According to Somalia’s transitional charter, the president, the premier and the parliament speaker have to come from three different major clans. Sheikh Ahmed and incumbent Premier Nur Hassan Hussein are both from the Hawiye clan.