"BBC Somali service accused of abetting Islamic Courts"
"Why is the BBC silent about the Bu'aale massacre?" (Via aminarts.com)
From SomaliNet (hat tip Alan in the comments at Biased BBC):
BBC Somali service accused of abetting Islamic CourtsThis next bit is intriguing:
Many Somalis who depend on BBC's Somali service for their daily news dose were outraged when the service decided not to cover a recent massacre in a small town in southern Somalia. At least four wounded militia men were killed in their hospital beds by Islamic Courts' men. The courts apologized numerous times and promised a complete and impartial investigation. So far BBC Somali Service, the farthest reaching Somali language and publicly funded radio did not even mention this verified main event.
Somalia's renowned artist who is always critical to Somali politicians and Ethiopian government pitched in and dedicated his Tuesday's cartoon to the killings and BBC's silence. The caption Mr. Amin Amir's above cartoon says "Why is BBC silent about Buale's massacre. Unconfirmed reports say the families of the victims contacted the highest level of the BBC Somali service to no avail.
Many believe BBC Somali service has always been partial and inaccurate while though minority, many think it is actually part of Somalia's problem.
SomaliNet has a concrete prove with images that shows BBC Somali Service management going out of their way to suppress other news agencies who reported a different version of one of their reports. The incident happened in early 2000 when Mr. Husein Mohamed Aidid and his militia fought with another militia loyal to then interim president Abdiqasim Salad Hassan at Mogadishu seaport. The service has many critics and this information could be misused if it went to the wrong hands. It will however be told after the current management's tenure is over.Also from SomaliNet:
Hundreds of angry protestors have on Tuesday rallied in Abudwaq town of Galgadud region in central Somalia in protest of the recent brutal act by the Islamic fighters in which they executed four wounded men who were belonging to the militia loyal to Colonel Bare Hirale, the leader of former defeated Juba Valley Alliance and minister of interim government based in Baidoa city in southwest Somalia.
The demonstrators were complaining about the Islamist killing acts to wounded prisons of war in Bu'ale city, the capital of middle Juba region in southern Somalia.
Gunmen of Islamic Courts entered the hospital where they had killed the injured militiamen who were laying on beds.
The people in Abudwaq who were taking part in the protest were chanting anti Islamist slogans and burnt the sort of turbans knows with Islamic fighters to wear. This shows mounting hatred to Islamic Courts and lessens the support for Islamists.
Update - more on this here.