Mogadishu (06-03-2011) - Journalists, Dahir Abdulle
Alasow, the editor of the most popular Somali online newspaper Waagacusub.com,
was recognized the best investigative journalist in Somalia, the year 2010
after his efforts in the last five years helped the people of Somalia and the
international community to understand the inside stories of the most notorious
groups in Somalia.
The organizations, Federation of Somali Journalists
-FESOJ, Somali journalistís rights agency-SOJRA, Somali Journalists in Netherlands-SOMJON
and Somali foreign correspondents-SOFCA honored Alasow as the best
investigative journalist of the year 2010.
Alasow investigates and reports some exclusive and very
investigative reports before the news emerges and he was credited as the first
Somali journalists who dared to report that three Alqaeda suspects who were
suspected of the explosions of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 were
In 2002 he reported that Fazul Abdulahi Mohamed, who is
believed to be the most senior Alqaeda member in Somalia now and his former
colleagues Salah Al Nabhani and Abu Dalha Al Sudani aka Abdalla Al Sudani were
in Somaliaís capital Mogadishu.
The report demanded the attention of Alqaeda members in
Somalia, but they didnít decide to kill him. In 2004, he investigated and
reported that Alqaeda cells in Somalia led by the late Alshabab commander Adan
Hashi Ayrow killed a BBC reporter Kate Peyton who was gunned down as she was
leaving a hotel in Mogadishu.
Alshabab, the Alqaeda affiliate in Somalia was
establishing its forces at that time and started to hunt anyone seen as a
potential spy or investigative journalist. The moves they took forced Alasow to
take emergence security measures to ensure his safety.
He was following daily security tips he got from a
hostile environment seminar he attended and advices from friends and
Among the reports he was credited to succeed was the
investigation he made about the Somali ruthless warlords who were preparing
themselves to announce an alliance of warlords who dubbed themselves as
Alliance for Restorations of Peace and Counter Terrorism (ARPCT) which was mid
in 2006 was ousted from Mogadishu by allied Alshabab abd Islamic courts.
He also succeeded to investigate and release to the media
the real name of Alshababís leader Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr whose real name is Ahmed
Abdi Godane, but was not officially know before Alasow published his
investigative report about Zubeyr and his Somaliland identity as well.
In the same year Alasow reported that the leader of the
Islamic courts regime of that time, the current president of Somalia had a
secret relation with US intelligence services in the region, but the report
demanded the attention of the Islamist regime who ordered the arrest of Alasow,
but he escaped from them.
He finally reported that Alshabab had a hidden agenda to
assassinate the leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, who then surprisingly
entered in Kenya through facilitation of US embassy in Nairobi.
In 2008, when Islamist groups and some Somali nationalists
med in Asmara Eritrea and formed alliance for re-liberation of Somalia, Alasow
release an investigation report enlightening that the then leader of that
Alliance Sheikh Ahmed would defect from Asma to either Djibouti or Qatar.
The report confirmed that the defection would come
through a secret deal entered with Sheikh Ahmed who accepted to defect from
Asmara and accept a peace agreement brokered by the UN and supported by the
He also mentioned in his report that among the deal with
Sheikh Ahmed were doubling of the parliament and succeeding the presidency, but
both the organizers of the meeting and Sheikh Ahmed denied until things
happened as action in January 2009.
In 2010, Alasow made scores of reports and released
several secret documents including secret deals with security companies
including Sarecen International and SKA.
He also reported the skeleton of Alshabab leadership
system and the number of the forces based in clan shares. His reports become
popular in the Somali people and highly anticipated before he released them.
His reports didnít give him support from every part of
the population, he earned live threats and death sentence from the Islamist
fighters who threatened to behead him any time they found him alive.
From 2006 to 2008, when Ethiopian forces were in Somalia,
he was respected as the most hated Somali journalist which he earned his
reports against Alshabab which many people thought as forces liberating
Ethiopian from Somalia.
In 2009 when Ethiopian forces withdrew from Somalia and
Alshabab started violent Taliban style fighting and explosions in Somalia, he
got the support of thousands of people who hated him because of his
investigations of Alshabab activity in Somalia.
From 2009 to 2010, he became the most popular Somali
journalists and got huge respect from the Somali people who are relieved when
he releases an investigation report.
His investigative reports and his courageous
documentaries brought him to appear in a court in Breda town in Netherlands, where
he succeeded over Dahabshiil money transfer which sued him after accusing him
of defamation against the company.
Dahabshiil lost the case and Alasow reached his goal
after he was cleared before the court that he is innocent and can practice his
journalistic profession in Holland.
If the court he appeared was in Somalia he would end up
in jail or if it was Alshabab beheading, but thanks God, it was the democracy
in Holland that gave him the chance to defend himself and win in the court.
He previously escaped three live attempts before he fled
to Holland and got asylum from there, and Alshabab put a press statement with
his picture on their website and said that they will never forgive him.
This year, Alasow was announced as the best Somali
investigative journalist and he got this prestigious prize as he covered dozens
of exclusive stories including the killing of an accused spy Ahmed Keyse Ali
Hussein who was an active member of Alshabab and was killed in Januray as he
was accused of spying for CIA.
In December last year, Alasow reported that Alshabab
would execute one of its top security officers who closely worked with the
leader of the group, Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr.
He was honored by the organizations: Federation of Somali
Journalists -FESOJ, Somali journalistís rights agency-SOJRA, Somali Journalists
in Netherlands-SOMJON and Somali foriegn correspondents-SOFCA for his tireless
and courageous work of investigative reporting.
By Faduma Farah.