The former media officer of Islamist extremist group al-Shabaab has been executed by firing squad in Somalia for his role in the killings of at least five journalists.
30-year-old Hassan Hanafi Haji was executed on 11 April at a police academy in Mogadishu after he admitted to personally killing one journalist during a trial in March.
Haji joined al-Shabaab, which has close links to al-Qaeda, in 2008. The militant organisation seeks to impose a strict version of Sharia law in Somalia and Haji led its media unit, calling on Somali journalists to report according to al-Shabaab’s media rules, which included avoiding stories relating to the group’s military setbacks.
Somalia is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers and the Committee to Protect Journalists has reported that 59 journalists have been killed in the African nation since 1992.