2 March 2008, the Armed forces forcefully entered the offices of Radio Simba and took away three computers, audio mixer, a computer laptop, two Audiotape recorders, two digital cameras and four studio microphones. During the attack, the forces had beatenreporter Abdiaziz Hussein Hassan, who was in the Simba news studio. Yesterday, 1 March 2008, a rocket hit thebuilding of Radio Simba and destroyed the Radio’s archive.
Few minutes after the attack onSimba radio, the armed forces broke down the doors of Shabelle Radio, which isnear to offices of Simba Radio, and took two audio mixers and main computer fromthe production studio. When leaving from Shabelle Offices, forces orderedDirector of Shabele Muktar Mohamed Hirabe to go with them. Security Forces also visitedthe Horn Afrik Radio and ordered to shut down the radio, but did not take any equipment,according to Horn Afrik journalists.
The United States bombed a town in southern Somalia on Monday in a strike on suspected terrorists, United States defense officials told news agencies. Six people are reported dead.
Three missiles struck a building in Dobley, a town four miles from the border with Kenya, the Associated Press reported. Remnants of Somalia’s Union of Islamic Courts, an organization that ruled much of the southern part of the country until late 2006, reportedly took the town last week. The British Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that the missile strike killed six and wounded 20.
The above excerpt does what almost no other news outlet did, they said ‘suspected terrorists’ all others simply churned out the Pentagon’s line of Al Qaeda!!!!! And of course the context of the US backed invasion and the appalling humanitarian crisis it caused, hey who wants that when whizz bang missiles are to be had? So the pattern of the press being targeted and attacked then military action occurs is obscured by not relating the press attacks within the context of US involvement in Somalia, so the later action by the US seems unrelated. But journalists in America are reluctant to add 2 and 2 and state their government is killing journalists as a routine tactic of warfare and counter insurgency, they even imprison some without charge in various sites. In fact corporate hacks still act just as stenographers reprinting Pentagon claims as objective information, rather than become outraged they play along, or perhaps they are frightened by the killings. They would prefer a quiet (and affluent) life than to report the elephant in the room -Empire.
Update: The Pentagon Official who said it was Al Qaeda…Bryan Whitman, oh you know Bryan’s work, that video of Iranian boats ‘attacking’ US ships, all those off the record chats? So the hacks not only did a lazy job they repeat the claims of man already shown to be a great big fraud, which makes them either incredibly stupid or knowing conspirators. Hack motherfuckers.