Journalists in Somalia condemn killing of colleague

By Godfrey Olukya   21-1-2013

Journalists in Somalia have condemned the killing of their colleague who was shot dead on Friday morning.

Under their organization called ‘The national union of Somali journalists’ (NUSOJ),  they have called for thorough investigations into the murder.

Armed gunmen shot to death Abdi Hareed Osman of Radio Shabelle in Wadajir district on Friday morning. The motive of the killing has not yet been established.  

NUSOJ members said that they want government to bring an end to the killing of journalists. In 2012 18 journalists were killed in Somalia and up to now no one has been arrested over the killings. 

NUSOJ secretary general Mohamed Ibrahim said, ‘On behalf of the Somali Journalists, I send my sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of late Osman. We call for prompt investigations, so that the killers be brought to justice, to end the culture of impunity.’

The president of Federal Republic of Somalia, His excellency, Hassan Sheik Mohamoud told journalists and union representative that all is being done to arrest those who kill journalists. 

The National Union of Somali Journalists has called  for government to speed up the formation of the task force against the crimes against the journalists in order for the criminals who are enjoying the impunity be brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the Somali Journalist held  incommunicado for conducting an interview of a woman who claimed she was raped by members of the Somali Security forces will appear in court on next Tuesday 22 January, 2012.


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