Somali journalist who had fled to safety dies

The DCMF had spoken to Hassan Jaceyl, who had escaped to Kenya after Somali security forces shut down his workplace, just weeks ago.

By Anealla Safdar
Thu, 22/03/2012

Little over a month ago, the Doha Centre for Media Freedom received a request for emergency assistance from Hassan Mohamed Mohamoud, a Somali journalist better known as ‘Hassan Jaceyl’.

His health was suffering after he had fled to Nairobi in Kenya to escape the trauma of working as a reporter in Somalia. His radio station, Horn Afrik Radio and TV, had been taken over by security forces, along with  six other radio stations in 2010.

On March 20, Jaceyl, aged 45, passed away as he lost his battle with diabetes.

The DCMF had sent funds to help him with medical bills, along with other organisations.

“He told me over the phone about his situation just weeks ago,”  said Abdul Basit, DCMF Emergency Assistance coordinator. “He was very optimistic because he had escaped and spoke about his ambition to return to work.”

There are almost 70 Somali journalists currently living in neighbouring Kenya.

“They work in Kenya to protect themselves from danger,” explained Abdul Basit. “When I talked to him, he was just out of hospital and his medical situation was progressing.”

Jaceyl, who most recently presented an arts programme on radio, was considered a veteran reporter by his colleagues.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) made the request for emergency assistance on Jacey’s behalf.

“The NUSOJ shares this sad feeling and loss to all Somali journalists,” said the group’s secretary general Mohamed Ibrahim. “On behalf of Somali journalists, I send my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of late Hassan and ask Allah to give him in hereafter life in paradise…I also express my gratitude to DCMF, Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders for their generous contributions”

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