International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today condemned the murder of
Hassan Mayow Hassan, a Somali journalist, who was shot dead in the Afgoye
District of lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia.
strongly condemn this killing which marks a violent start of the year for
journalists in Somalia,"
said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "There is an urgent need to end
violence against journalists in Somalia
and all warring factions must refrain from targeting the media. We will
redouble our efforts to assist Somali journalists who, only a few days ago,
took to the street to demand protection and right to report freely."
to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Hassan, 36 and journalist
of Radio Shabelle was shot in the head twice today by a well known militiaman as he
was with colleagues on their way to cover a conflict between two armed groups
in the Shabelle region, 30 km south of Mogadishu.
IFJ supports the call from the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) for the
international community to help bring Hassan's killer to justice.
facts of this particular killing are horrifying. This was brutal and cold
murder. The United Nations and the African Union must help the Somali interim
government to bring the killer to justice," Added White.
31 December, the IFJ published a list of journalists and media personnel killed
during 2008, including two journalists from Somalia.
African Union and world community must do all they can to create conditions
which enable journalists in Somalia
to work without fear for their lives," said Omar Faruk Osman, FAJ President.
For more information contact the IFJ at +32 2 235 2207
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists
in 123 countries worldwide