Shabelle Media Network
Shabelle Media Network is a television
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 and radio
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 news organization. It was founded in 2002 in Merca
Merca is a port city on the coast of southern Somalia, facing the Indian Ocean. It is the main town in the Shabeellaha Hoose region, and is located approximately southwest of the nation's capital, Mogadishu.-History:...

, Somalia
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The Shebelle Media Network runs Radio Shabelle, which is one of the country's most respected privately-owned radio stations.

On October 19, 2007, the acting manager of Radio Shabelle, Bashir Nor Gedi, was killed in Mogadishu
Mogadishu , popularly known as Xamar, is the largest city in Somalia and the nation's capital. Located in the coastal Benadir region on the Indian Ocean, the city has served as an important port for centuries....

. In 2009, the director Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe was also assassinated.

Despite facing considerable pressure and harassment from local militias, Radio Shabelle was in 2010 awarded the prestigious Media of the Year prize by the Paris-based journalism organization, Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders
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