Somali journalist killed in front of children

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Mourners pray over the body of Somali journalist Mohamed Ibrahim, a news presenter for Kalsan TV, before his burial in Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Ibrahim died at a hospital late Monday after being injured by a bomb concealed in his car in Mogadishu’s Wadajir district, according to a fellow journalist who works for the same broadcaster. (AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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Relatives mourn Somali journalist Mohamed Ibrahim, a news presenter for Kalsan TV, before his burial in Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Ibrahim died at a hospital late Monday after being injured by a bomb concealed in his car in Mogadishu's Wadajir district, according to a fellow journalist who works for the same broadcaster. (AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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Somali journalist killed in front of children

MOGADISHU: A Somali television journalist was killed by a car bomb in front of his children, relatives said, the fifth murder of a journalist in the war-torn country this year.
Mohamed Ibrahim Gabow, a journalist working for Kalsan TV, had taken a break from work to spend time with his children.
He had just left his home on Monday afternoon when a bomb planted beneath the driver’s seat ripped through the car. He later died of his wounds in hospital.
“He was a professional journalist dedicated to working for the public,” grieving relative Mohamed Abdirahman said late Monday. “We don’t know why they killed him in front of his children.”
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but journalists have been regularly targeted by rival forces in the long-running conflict.
“The explosive device was attached beneath the driver’s seat of the car,” said police officer Ibrahim Mohamed.
Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists: 45 Somali reporters were killed between 2007 and 2015, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Mohamed Ibrahim, head of the National Union of Somali Journalists, called it a “senseless murder.”


KSA complains to FIFA about Qatar’s BeIN using World Cup as political tool

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KSA complains to FIFA about Qatar’s BeIN using World Cup as political tool

  • The federation called on FIFA in its complaint to take severe sanctions against the Qatari channel and to abolish the rights granted to the network.
  • Some of the biggest names in Arab sport have signed a petition to protest against the “politicization” of World Cup coverage by the Qatar-owned broadcaster. 

DUBAI: The Saudi Football Federation has filed an official complaint to FIFA over the Qatar-owned BeIN Sports network’s use of World Cup broadcasts as a means of spreading political messages aimed at insulting Saudi Arabia and its leaders.

This falls within the network’s ongoing attempts to instigate hatred in the region, it said.

The federation said its complaint calls on FIFA to address the unacceptable abuse by the channel of its tools for politicizing the media. This was clear after the World Cup’s opening match between Saudi Arabia and Russia and contrary to the laws of the international federation, which stresses the need to exclude sport from politics.

The federation called on FIFA in its complaint to take severe sanctions against the Qatari channel and to abolish the rights granted to the network.

Meanwhile, some of the biggest names in Arab sport have signed a petition to protest against the “politicization” of World Cup coverage by the Qatar-owned broadcaster. 

The website sports4everyone.org created the petition and invited fans around the world to urge FIFA President Gianni Infantino to investigate the coverage by the Qatari broadcaster’s Arabic channel.

Among the signatories are Egyptian national football player Ahmed Hassan, Al Arabiya’s Sports Editor Battal Al-Goos, and former Saudi national team captain Yousuf Al-Thunayan.

BeIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast World Cup games across the Middle East and North Africa, although its channels are not available in Saudi Arabia, one of four Arab nations locked in a diplomatic dispute with Qatar over the latter’s alleged ties to terror groups. Doha denies the charges. 

“Sport rises above politics. FIFA tried to keep politics away from games. As fans, we are saddened by BeIN using its permission to telecast sports to transmit its political agenda, violating FIFA rules,” the petition read.

The petition website includes nine clips from BeIN Sports featuring pundits and presenters politicizing the match between Saudi Arabia and the host nation, Russia. 

In one of the station’s broadcasts, a commentator accused Saudi Arabia of “selling out the Palestinian cause,” while in another the host suggested the Kingdom’s top sporting officials will become “prisoners at the Ritz-Carlton,” a reference to the detentions in Riyadh during last year’s anti-corruption drive.

Egyptian media analyst Abdellatif El-Menawy said BeIN had “distorted the global football event” by using it as a political tool against Saudi Arabia.

“This is an infringement of the rules and standards of professional media,” El-Menawy told Arab News on Saturday. 

“BeIN Sports has abandoned neutrality and professionalism,” he added, saying the network’s coverage after Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 defeat by Russia was “gloating” and “sarcastic.”