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Somali Journalists Lived in Fear of Colleague-Turned-al-Shabab Ally

How does a Somali radio reporter become a spy and collaborator with al-Shabab? Former journalist Hassan Hanafi Haji was executed by a Mogadishu firing squad Monday for his role in the murders of five colleagues as part of an al-Shabab campaign to control local media coverage of the Islamist extremist group. One of Hanafi’s first targets was the popular private radio station Horn Afrik. “He was a risk living among us,” said reporter Falastin Iman, who woke to gunfire one August...

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