"The gun control measures a tearful President Barack Obama announced Tuesday would not have prevented the slaughters of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, or 14 county workers at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California," Michael R. Sisak reported Wednesday for the Associated Press.
Among other media reactions to the gun control measures, "Several conservative media figures attacked President Obama for crying as he spoke about child victims," Oliver Willis reported Tuesday for Media Matters for America.
By contrast, the Daily News in New York continued its crusade against gun violence Wednesday with a front page that proclaimed the Republicans "The Party of Pro-Death" and declared, "The News says: Republican leadership is composed of pandering liars stoking irrational fear. Their answer to Obama's measured plan to stop crazies from getting guns is simple deceit. All in a blood-soaked race for cheap votes." Key words were in red.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Washington think tank on African American issues that has reduced its activities amid financial challenges, nevertheless issued a statement Wednesday on the importance of the gun issue.
"President Obama's recent actions to improve background checks on gun purchases are important steps in protecting Americans of all backgrounds from mass shootings," President Spencer Overton wrote. "We should recognize, however, that mass shootings are a very small percentage of U.S. firearm homicides, and that the President's actions also work to improve the quality of life in communities of color.
"In 2014, African Americans accounted for 13 percent of the U.S. population, but over 57 percent of the victims of homicide by firearm. Firearm homicide was the leading cause of death for African American males ages 15-34, and the third leading cause of death for Latino males in the same age group (and would be second if combined with suicides in which firearms were used). Firearms were used in over 91 percent of homicides of African-American males ages 15-34, and in 81 percent of homicides of Latino males in this age group. . . ." .
Sisak's analysis for the Associated Press continued, "Obama's executive action expands mandatory background checks to gun shows, flea markets and online sales, adds more than 230 examiners and staff to help process them and calls on states to submit accurate and updated criminal history data.
"Those measures are seen as crucial to stemming gun suicides — the cause of two-thirds of gun deaths — by blocking immediate access to weapons. But, an Associated Press review shows, they would have had no impact in keeping weapons from the hands of suspects in several of the deadliest recent mass shootings that have spurred calls for tighter gun control.
"The shooters at Sandy Hook and San Bernardino used weapons bought by others, shielding them from background checks. In other cases, the shooters legally bought guns.
"In Aurora, Colorado, and at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., men undergoing mental health treatment were cleared to buy weapons because federal background checks looked to criminal histories and court-ordered commitments for signs of mental illness. The Obama administration is making changes in that realm by seeking to plug certain Social Security Administration data into the background check system and by helping states report more information about people barred from gun possession for mental health reasons.
"The suspect in a shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, should have been flagged at the time, but errors and delays cleared the way for his purchase.
"Though the moves probably wouldn't have prevented recent mass shootings, Obama rejected the idea that undermines the changes.
" 'We maybe can't save everybody, but we could save some,' Obama said.
"A look at how some recent mass shooting suspects got their weapons. . . ."
Wayne Bennett, the Field Negro: When the NRA made a grown man cry.
John Cassidy, New Yorker: Obama's Tears of Despair and Defiance
Jarvis DeBerry, NOLA.com | the Times-Picayune: Do Antonin Scalia's thoughts on religion and the courts also apply to guns?
Jarvis DeBerry, NOLA.com | the Times-Picayune: Fox News host wrongly implies that terrorism kills more of us than guns do
Lewis Diuguid, Kansas City Star: Obama follows other presidents' executive orders to help make America safer, stronger, better
Editorial, Chicago Sun-Times: Listen to the American public on gun reform
Editorial, Daily News, New York: THE PRO-DEATH PARTY: GOP composed of pandering liars stoking fear on guns
Editorial, Detroit Free Press: Obama's action on gun control necessary
Amy Goodman with Lucia McBath, "Democracy Now!" Pacifica Radio: "A Profound Day": Mother of Teen Who Was Shot Dead over Loud Music Praises Obama's Action on Guns
Kristen Hare, Poynter Institute: Front page of the day: 'Bam’s tears'
David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Obama doing what NRA once wanted: Enforcing responsible gun laws
Courtland Milloy, Washington Post: Putting an end to killings isn't crazy, but accepting them as the cost of living in D.C. is
Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times: We must look in the mirror for answers
Jon Nicosia, Mediaite: Don Lemon Gun Control Panel Goes Predictably, Wonderfully Berserk
Mark Preston, CNN: NRA declines to participate in Obama gun town hall
Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press: Tearful Obama tackles gun reform — again
Andrew Rosenthal, New York Times: The Gun Epidemic: The Making of a Page 1 Editorial (Dec. 7)
Rick Sanchez, Fox News Latino: Close the gun show loophole now!
Oliver Willis, Media Matters for America: Conservatives Mock Obama For Crying About Child Victims Of Gun Violence During Speech
Damon Young, verysmartbrothas.com: President Obama's Gun Control Tears Are The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week (language advisory)
"Tom Kent, The Associated Press' standards editor, shared guidance on Tuesday for how to refer to the men involved in the standoff in Oregon," Kristin Hare reported Tuesday for the Poynter Institute.
"Kent counseled against terms such as 'militia' and 'militiamen' and for terms including 'armed men' or 'armed ranchers.':
" 'AP content must be clear for readers around the world, and 'militiamen' may be confusing — readers might think that the people involved are members of a government-sanctioned paramilitary force who are rebelling against government authority.' "
Meanwhile, columnists continued to debate whether the group was receiving kid-gloves treatment from authorities compared with people of color, or whether, in the words of headline Tuesday in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "The Oregon insurrection is more farce than fierce."
Jamelle Bouie, Slate: Is the Oregon Standoff Evidence of a Racial Double Standard?
Carl Kenney, the Missourian, Columbia, Mo.: Simply put, blacks and whites speak different languages
Ian K. Kullgren, the Oregonian/OregonLive: Burns Paiute Tribe: Militants need to get off 'our land'
David A. Love, theGrio.com: Imagine if armed Black Lives Matter protestors occupied a federal building
Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Oregon insurrection is more farce than fierce
Ben Norton, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: How Media Turned Right-Wing 'Willing to Kill' Extremists Into Peaceful 'Rancher's Rights Protesters'
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Hey, media — look over here!
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: The Oregon standoff and America's double standards on race and religion
Southern Poverty Law Center: Antigovernment Militia Groups Grew by More than One-Third in Last Year
Benjamin Wallace-Wells, the New Yorker: What Do the Bundys Want?
David Zurawik and John Fritze, Baltimore Sun: Donna Edwards' complaints about 'thugs,' 'occupiers,' part of a growing controversy
"How do you reinvent an entire organization, while still hanging on to the founders' original vision? Where do you even start, faced with that kind of question?," Shan Wang asked Tuesday for NiemanLab.
"You ask more questions, Martin G. Reynolds told me. Reynolds is currently a senior fellow at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, a leading voice promoting diversity in journalism, and he's leading the Institute's gargantuan six-month effort to set a new course for its future programming, following the death last February of its longtime president Dori J. Maynard.
" '[Dori] desperately wanted to retool the organization,' Reynolds said. 'The last board meeting before she got really sick, it got brought up to the board that something needed to occur. So there were seeds of the project before she passed.'
"Maynard Re-Imagined, as it's being called, isn't about brainstorming ways to expand on the Institute's sought-after diversity trainings, or to shore up its media watchdog columns. It's starting at the very core of MIJE: Who is the intended audience (or is the more suitable word now 'customers')? What concrete offerings should it make available to those audience? How should it be funded moving forward? . . ."
Wang also wrote, "The six-month effort kicked off at the end of November. Members of the Maynard Re-Imagined committee members spent a weekend together at the Arlington [Va.] offices of Politico, along with facilitator Tran Ha of Stanford's Institute of Design; Reynolds; and the Institute's executive director Evelyn Hsu."
He continued, "MIJE, Reynolds believes, can't expect to lean on the same foundation funding and the people who've paid for its training programs. The Maynard mandate to promote diversity in 'staffing and content' also needn't apply only to newsrooms. It could mean promoting diversity on the business side, on the management side, on the engineering end. Tech companies and other large, non-journalism groups are also in need of diversity training. Would Maynard serve those companies, moving forward?
" 'When the Institute began, it began with programs that were lengthy and immersive. But nowadays, time is at a premium,' Hsu said. 'We still have people who ask for our trainings. But we are reconsidering everything from the shape to length to the means of delivery.' . . ."
Columnist Phillip Morris of the Plain Dealer in Cleveland has taken strong exception to a New York Times editorial about his city that was headlined "Cleveland's Terrible Stain" and began, "Tamir Rice of Cleveland would be alive today had he been a white 12-year-old playing with a toy gun in just about any middle-class neighborhood in the country on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 2014."
The Times editorial, published Dec. 29, continued, "But Tamir, who was shot to death by a white police officer that day, had the misfortune of being black in a poor area of Cleveland, where the police have historically behaved as an occupying force that shoots first and asks questions later. To grow up black and male in such a place is to live a highly circumscribed life, hemmed in by forces that deny your humanity and conspire to kill you. . . ."
Morris wrote Wednesday, "The headline felt like a sucker punch to the gut from long distance. It painted in broad strokes and took liberal license with the narrative of a town that it does not know well or fully understand.
"The newspaper clearly yearned for an indictment [of the officers] — as did countless national and local residents. But failing to recognize that outcome, the paper offered a thundering judgment, not only of Cleveland's police department but also seemingly of an entire Midwestern town. I'm not going to lie. The essay — with its national platform — left me apoplectic. . . ."
Morris also wrote, "What exactly did the editorial mean when it declared that Tamir had 'the misfortune of being black in a poor area of Cleveland'? It's not a misfortune to be black in Cleveland, New York City or anywhere else for that matter. The essay offered nothing other than an amplified and reckless hypothesis capable of stoking racial tension and hampering civil discourse. . . ."
Ian Cummings, Matt Campbell and Glenn E. Rice, Kansas City Star: Putting Kansas City police shootings under the spotlight (Dec. 31)
Sharon Grigsby, Dallas Morning News: Thank Dylann Roof — and his prosecutor — for cop's release in Walter Scott's death
Christopher Mathias, HuffPost BlackVoices: How One Man's Death Shows The Chasm Between Black And White Baltimore: A white journalist describes his connection to a black murder victim who "probably never had a chance."
David Montgomery, New York Times: Texas Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Charged With Perjury
Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press: Black lives must matter all the time
Mary Sanchez, Kansas City Star: New Missouri legislation seeks more data on police bias, but numbers don't fix problems
Lilly Workneh, HuffPost BlackVoices: Here's What We Want White America To Know About Race (video) (Dec. 30)
"On December 29, The Los Angeles Times editorial board wrote a horrific, incompetent and hysterical opinion article titled 'Why The Obama administration is right to deport migrants ordered to leave,' " lawyer Bryan Johnson wrote the next day for Latino Rebels.
Johnson is identified as "a partner at the law firm of Amoachi and Johnson, PLLC in New York. His office represents over 300 Central American children in fighting their deportation by securing permanent legal protection through asylum and special immigrant juvenile status."
He continued, "Putting aside the cowardly premise, this article's gravest flaw is that the basis for its conclusion is on its face a work of fiction. Bad fiction.
"I will break it down, paragraph by excruciatingly bad paragraph, starting with the paper's total failure to comprehend the most basic facts as they have played out in the real world.
"From the start, the editorial leaps to a conclusion based on pure fantasy:
"To not deport those whom an immigration judge has ruled ineligible to remain in the country is to throw over any notion of enforceable immigration law. And that is an indefensible position
"The editorial imputed that 'immigration advocates' (without citing . . . one immigration advocate) are opposing ICE raids against immigrant children, toddlers, babies and mothers because their 'position' is open borders.
"This is pure fantasy. Who stated that no one should be deported after an immigration judge ordered them to leave? Please, enlighten us, LA Times editorial board.
"The article then reveals in the immediate following paragraph that it has no idea what it's talking about . . ."
Amy Goodman with Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez, "Democracy Now!" Pacifica Radio: "We Have Been Betrayed": Activist Who Refused to Shake Obama's Hand Decries Latest Immigration Raids
Jon Rodney, letter, Los Angeles Times: The Obama administration's inhumane, indefensible deportation of Central Americans
A court victory by an Asian American band that won the right to keep the name the Slants is wrongly being interpreted as justification for the Washington NFL team to keep the name "Redskins," Simon Tam, a member of the band, told Indian Country Today Media Network.
"On December 22, 2015, the Washington NFL team appeared to get an early Christmas present," Jacqueline Keeler wrote Monday for ICTMN. "In the case In re Tam, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled 9 to 3 that the Trademark Office cannot deny registration of a trademark even if it is considered derogatory. Headlines in the press announcing the ruling invariably linked The Slants' case as helping billionaire Dan Snyder's football franchise to regain cancelled trademark registrations for the ethnic slur 'Redskins.' . . .
"It's no secret," Tam noted, "that the lead judge in these hearings both in the panel hearing which restricted our arguments as well as the one who wrote the opinions, Judge Kimberly Moore, is a huge Redskins fan. A very outspoken one. She's written papers specifically about the team. So when you look at the written opinion and why she keeps referring to the football team instead of what was actually at hand, one must consider if she had other motives about this. . . ."
"The court hijacked my case," said Tam, who opposes the Redskins name. "My goal was to develop culturally competent laws and marginalized identities are being silenced because the government is not culturally competent or being lazy. Who [bears] the cost of this? It's always marginalized groups."
"Tam's attorney has pointed out that his appeal differs from Pro Football's as his was a First Amendment argument and theirs is a Fifth Amendment argument about government seizure of property. He also said: 'Our case had to deal with a trademark registration, theirs is dealing with a trademark cancellation … it's subtle but it's extremely important in terms of what's being argued and what will most likely move forward.' . . ."
Simon "Young" Tam, The Slants: When Our Story Went Viral: Addressing Misconceptions About Our Case (Dec. 28)
Douglass is known in the 21st century as publisher of the North Star, escaped slave-turned-abolitionist, orator, black counterpart to Abraham Lincoln and originator of such enduring messages as "without struggle, there is no progress" and "power concedes nothing without a demand." His name graces the highest award of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Less known is his attention to photography. In the 19th century, Douglass was as aware as anyone of the power of images to shape perceptions of a race of people, and he used photographs of himself as a tool in the struggle for African American citizenship.
"Douglass was intent on the use of this visual image to erase the astonishingly large storehouse of racist stereotypes that had accumulated in the American archive of anti-black imagery," Harvard University scholar and professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. writes in this book's epilogue. "The bank of simian and other animal-like caricatures meant to undermine the Negro's claim of a common humanity."
"Picturing Frederick Douglass" assembles 160 photographs of Douglass, many never before seen, along with essays by Douglass on the power of photography. Not only did Douglass become the most photographed American of the 19th century, according to the authors — ahead of George Custer, Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln — but during the four years of the Civil War, he also wrote more extensively on photography than any other American.
Nearly all of the portraits were posed, created in the daguerreotypes of the day, and as such, do not show him at work at his newspaper. However, the authors have made "Picturing Frederick Douglass," reader-friendly. "It is a book that you can easily read out of sequence by merely opening to an interesting photograph and reading the accompanying text," one reader wrote on amazon.com. "As someone who has limited time to read, I appreciate being able to glean fascinating information whenever I open the book even if I only read it for a short time. It is simply the most amazing book I have read in a very long time."
Douglass made sure his statesmanlike images were circulated widely, and wrote in 1870 of the ability of photographs to shape public opinion and self-esteem:
"Heretofore, colored Americans have thought little of adorning their parlors with pictures . . . Pictures come not with slavery and oppression and destitution, but with liberty, fair play, leisure, and refinement. These conditions are now possible to colored American citizens, and I think the walls of their houses will soon begin to bear evidence of their altered relations to the people about them . . . Every colored householder in the land should have one of these portraits [of a black leader] in his parlor, and should explain it to his children, as the dividing line between the darkness and despair that overhung our past, and the light and hope that now beam upon our future as a people."
Eve M. Kahn, New York Times: New Books Analyze the Photographs of Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth (Sept. 24)
Jim Memmott, Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y.: The many faces of Frederick Douglass (Dec. 29)
John Stauffer, Baltimore Sun: Frederick Douglass recognized the power of photography in civil rights (Dec. 19)
"If you are black, you're far more likely to see your electricity cut, more likely to be sued over a debt, and more likely to land in jail because of a parking ticket," Paul Kiel wrote Dec. 31 for ProPublica in a piece headlined, "Why Small Debts Matter So Much to Black Lives."
The story also appeared Jan. 6 in the New York Times Sunday Review.
"It is not unreasonable to attribute these perils to discrimination. But there's no question that the main reason small financial problems can have such a disproportionate effect on black families is that, for largely historical reasons rooted in racism, they have far smaller financial reserves to fall back on than white families.
"The most recent federal survey in 2013 put the difference in net worth between the typical white and black family at $131,000. That's a big number, but here's an even more troubling statistic: About one-quarter of African-American families had less than $5 in reserve. Low-income whites had about $375.
"Any setback, from a medical emergency to the unexpected loss of hours at work, can be devastating. It means that harsh punishments for the failure to pay small debts harm black families inordinately. Sometimes, the consequence is jail. Other times, electricity is cut, or wages garnished.
"The modern roots of the racial wealth gap can be traced back to the post-World War II housing boom, when federal agencies blocked loans to black Americans, locking them out of the greatest wealth accumulation this country has ever experienced. More recently, the bursting of the housing bubble and subsequent recession slammed minorities. In 2013, the median wealth of white households was 13 times the median wealth of black households, the widest gap since 1989.
"Earlier this year, my colleague Annie Waldman and I took a close look at debt-collection lawsuits in three major American cities. We expected to see a pattern driven by income, with collectors and credit card lenders suing people most often in lower-income areas.
"But income was just half the story. Even accounting for income, the rate of court judgments from these lawsuits was twice as high in mostly black communities as it was in mostly white ones. In some neighborhoods in Newark and St. Louis, we found more than one judgment for every four residents over a five-year period. Many were families who, knocked off their feet by medical bills or job loss or other problems, had simply been unable to recover. . . ."
"Lagos is an African megacity humming with chaotic energy," Finbarr O’Reilly reported Monday for the New York Times "Lens" blog.
"Potholed roads and even the city's superhighways are crowded with traffic, overloaded vendors, earsplitting noise, choking pollution, piercing colors and powerful smells. Extreme wealth is set against a backdrop of grinding poverty, hope battles despair, daily acts of kindness and generosity are offset by cruelty, greed and corruption, and creativity is inspired by necessity because of the city's broken infrastructure and the looming threat of ruin. Between these extremes, and usually to the background drone of a generator, exist the rich and textured lives of some 20 million people.
"Lagos is long overdue for a book that captures this kaleidoscope of random energy, disorder and color. 'Africa Under the Prism,' just published by Hatje Cantz, gathers work shown during the first five years of LagosPhoto, an international arts festival begun in 2010 to reflect African perspectives and realities.
"The festival's aim is to challenge Afro-pessimism and the visual overrepresentation of Africa as a continent of the dying, desperate and helpless. . . ."
"James Dao, a veteran editor and reporter currently serving as deputy national editor, will become the Op-Ed editor," the New York Times said on Tuesday. "Mr. Dao, 58, succeeds Trish Hall, who will move to the newsroom after almost five years in the Op-Ed job, to take on a role involving special projects. . . ." Dao told Journal-isms that because he does not start for a couple of weeks, "it would be a bit premature to start talking about new ideas or changes."
William E. Ketchum III, entertainment reporter at the Flint (Mich.) Journal, was among the casualties Wednesday as Dan Gaydou, president of MLive Media Group, announced a reorganization. A review "to determine whether our structure optimally supports our desired digital focus for the near and long-term future," Gaydou wrote to staffers, "determined that we should eliminate certain job positions. We also concluded we will need to hire some new positions." Ketchum, a reporter at the Flint Journal since 2012, told Journal-isms that he would like to continue to cover music, particularly hip-hop, and social justice issues.
Carole Carmichael, an assistant managing editor at the Seattle Times since 1991, bid farewell to readers Saturday. As reported here Nov. 23, she is one of two recipients of a new journalism fellowship from the Russell Sage Foundation for spring 2016. Carmichael, a 1972 graduate of New York University, plans to spend three months continuing her research into how then-NYU President James M. Hester's decision to seek scholarships for black and Hispanic students in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., slain in 1968, affected the recipients. In her column, Carmichael related her project to remarks last month by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who "asked if African-American students are somehow inherently intellectually inferior to other students and should be placed in less advanced schools." She wrote, "After 24 years of serving this community through my journalism leadership, I will turn out the lights in my office this week, depart The Seattle Times and begin a new journey researching and writing an enriching story of victory about an investment made at a critical time that translated into achievement. And, maybe, it might find its way to Justice Scalia."
Niala Boodhoo, vice president for broadcast of the Asian American Journalists Association who was laid off in June from Chicago Public Media, which canceled its locally produced weekday show "The Afternoon Shift," has been named host and executive producer of a new talk show, "The 21st," on Illinois Public Media. The show will begin airing this March and air weekdays at 11 a.m., Illinois Public Media announced on Thursday. [Added Jan. 7]
" 'Jason Garrett is the walking epitome of everything that black folks in America lament,' Stephen A. Smith said about Jason Garrett and everything that black folks lament in America," Jake O'Donnell wrote Tuesday for SportsGrid.com. " 'He didn’t get the blame but he got the credit.' Smith was making the point that Jason Garrett's close relationship with [Dallas] Cowboys owner Jerry Jones does not exist for black coaches in the National Football League. . . ." Smith was speaking on ESPN's "First Take."
In Washington, "An ABC7 News car was broken into while the crew was attending a press conference held by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier to discuss a Task Force created to fight robberies," WJLA-TV reported Wednesday. "According to ABC7 News reporter Stephen Tschida, thieves tore through the news vehicle Wednesday morning and a culprit smashed a window out of the car and stole a cache of equipment. Tschida said the crime happened within view of where the mayor and chief were speaking, approximately 100 feet away. . . ." Such robberies became common in the Bay Area.
"WNJU, Telemundo New York, has announced the hiring of Fernando Gomez . . . and Alfredo Acosta . . . as reporters," Kevin Eck reported Tuesday for TVSpy. Both have been working at Telemundo New York as freelancers.
Vicki Adame, a former president of the Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, has been hired as part-time communications director for NAHJ through its national conference in Washington this summer, Alberto B. Mendoza, NAHJ executive director, told Journal-isms on Wednesday.
"Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015," Besheer Mohamed reported Wednesday for Pew. "This means that Muslims made up about 1% of the total U.S. population (about 322 million people in 2015), and we estimate that that share will double by 2050. . . ."
"Missouri Republican lawmakers want MU assistant professor Melissa Click and Assistant Director of Greek Life Janna Basler fired," Austin Huguelet and Jack Witthaus reported Monday for the Missourian in Columbia, Mo., referring to the University of Missouri. They also wrote, "Click is a faculty member in the communications department of the College of Arts and Sciences at MU. She resigned her courtesy appointment in the School of Journalism the day after she was seen in a viral video pushing the MU junior Mark Schierbecker's camera and calling for 'some muscle' to remove him from Mel Carnahan Quadrangle, where students had been protesting the racial climate on campus and were reacting to the earlier resignation of former UM System President Tim Wolfe. Schierbecker's video has about 2.7 million views and ignited a nationwide debate on the First Amendment. . . ."
"Somali authorities should immediately release journalist Abdirisak Omar Ahmed or disclose any charges against him," the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. "Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency arrested Abdirisak, a freelancer who wrote for the privately owned, Somali-language, news website Xogmaal, on the morning of December 17, near the Jubba Hotel in the Shanghani district of Mogadishu, according to a statement by the National Union of Somalia Journalists (NUSOJ). Somali authorities have held Abdirisak Omar Ahmed incommunicado for 20 days without presenting a shred of evidence he broke the law. That is 20 days too long,' said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Sue Valentine. . . ."