Wednesday, 28 September 2016

ain Somali journalist must not become another statistic - CPJ calls for probe

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
has charged Somali authorities to
‘thoroughly and credibly’ investigate
the killing of a radio journalist, Abdiaziz
Ali, and to swiftly bring his killers to
justice.

“The killing of Somali journalist
Abdiaziz Ali must not be allowed to
become yet another statistic in a
country notorious for not bringing
journalists’ murderers to justice.
“We urge Somali authorities to leave no
stone unturned in determining the
motive for Abdiaziz’s and Sagal’s
killings and finding and prosecuting
those responsible,” said Murithi Mutiga,
CPJ’s East Africa representative.
Ali was shot dead in the capital
Mogadishu on Tuesday evening by
unidentified gunmen. The assailants
fled the scene immediately, Police
Major Mohamed Nur told Reuters.
Abukar Sheikh, manager of Radio
Shabelle where Abdiaziz works
confirmed the incident saying
“unidentified men armed with pistols
killed our colleague this evening”.
In June, Sagal Salad Osman, who
worked for state-run Radio Mogadishu,
was also killed as she left her
university campus.
The National Union of Somali
Journalists (NUSOJ) released a
statement condemning the killing and
appealed to the government to urgently
investigate and punish the
perpetrators.
“We are quite sorry that attacks
against journalists still continue in
Somalia and this is indeed
unacceptable for all of us,” Mahir
Jama Aden, President of NUSOJ said.
Somali authorities have repeatedly shut
down Radio Shabelle and arrested its
staff, and its journalists have often
been targeted and killed, CPJ research
shows.
CPJ ranked Somalia as the worst
offender in its 2015 Global Impunity
Index, which spotlights countries where
journalists are slain and killers go free.