Eight dead. Ten tortured. Scores arrested. More than 50 fled. Mogadishu’s independent media workers comprise a long list of chilling statistics. A government crackdown, launched in early November and apparently energized by Mogadishu’s firebrand mayr Mohamed Omar Habeeb, has devastated media ranks. Three independent radio stations bore the brunt of the assault. A month after the three stations were gagged by government troops, Habeeb has allowed them back on the air — but with tight restrictions, apparently. So while scores of radio workers will return to work, they’ll do so with the Somali government looking carefully over their shoulders. The irony? Media was more free under the hardline Islamic Courts regime than they are under the supposedly democratic transitional government.
Day One: “You Come to Africa, But You May Never Leave.”
Day Two: Barnstorming!
Day Three: Enclaves
Day Four: Everybody Parley Down!
Day Five: “I Quit!”
Day Six: ”We’re Here and We’re Surviving.”
Day Seven: Wise Old Children
Day Eight: Riot!
Day Nine: Gunfire Is Boring
Day Ten: Bombs Are Boring
Day Eleven: Games Kids Play
Day Twelve: This Cash Is Broke
Day Thirteen: Warlording 101
Day Fourteen: Arresting All the Wrong People
Day Fifteen: U.S. Playing Both Sides
Sounds of the Somali aid crisis
Mogadishu’s wheeled battlecruisers
Somalia’s mystery weapons
A.U. Patrols Moga
Sounds of African Peacekeeping