IFJ Supports Journalists' Call for Press Freedom in Somalia


International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today expressed support for Somali

journalists in their call for press freedom in Somalia

during a demonstration held last Sunday in the capital, Mogadishu.

"Journalists have remained at the mercy

of the warring factions, government forces, Islamic insurgents who have

frequently targeted, attacked, kidnapped and killed journalists," said

Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa office. "We call on the international

community to provide protection for journalists covering the war-torn Somalia."

During a demonstration to launch

their 2008 annual report entitled "Somalia:

a precarious and perilous place for the press", the National Union of Somali

Journalists, NUSOJ denounced the "violence, attacks, impunity and injustice

against journalists and media" in Somalia.

"Journalists have been targeted as they tried to report

on the plight of the people and provide independent information on current issues,

including serious human rights violations. Journalists and media houses that

are vocal and critical of the warring sides in an independent and professional

manner are constantly attacked," said NUSOJ Secretary General and President of

the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), Omar Faruk Osman.

The IFJ and the FAJ call on the international community to enforce provisions

of international law on the protection for the journalists and media workers

covering armed conflict zones such as Somalia.


The report ' Somalia : a precarious and perilous place for press ' is available here


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