Colleagues say a Somali journalist was shot to death in northern Somalia, bringing the number of journalists killed in Somalia this year to 16.

Ahmed Farah Sakin, a reporter for the Somali television station Universal was shot by gunmen around 9 p.m. Tuesday in the town of Lasanod in the breakaway region of Somaliland. The death was confirmed Wednesday by Abdullahi Ahmed Nor, a colleague. Nor said the death was part of an “anti-media” campaign in the country.