IFJ Condemns Lawlessness in Somalia after Killing of Another Journalist

The International Federation

of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the murder of Said Tahliil Ahmed, Director of

HornAfrik- a radio and television station in the Somali Capital Mogadishu- who

was gunned down on 4 February 2009.

"We condemn this murder which is the result of the lawlessness in Somalia," said Gabriel

Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa Office. "This crime, the second in as

many months to claim the life of a journalist in 2009, demonstrates that criminal

organisations are on a killing spree in Somalia and that journalists are clearly in their

sights."

According to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Said was killed near the Bakare

market in central Mogadishu by three unidentified

gunmen who shot him four times in the head as he was with fellow directors of radio stations.

Other media organisation in Somalia said

that militia groups opposed to the peace talks which took place in neighbouring

Djibouti,

could be linked to Said's murder because of his station's extensive coverage of

the Somali presidential elections on 30 January 2009.

Some of these

groups had reportedly warned media organisations in Somalia against reporting on the

peace process.

Said is the second

journalist to be killed in Somalia

since the start of the year. On 1 January, Hassan Mayow Hassan of Radio

Shabelle in Afgooye, south west of Mogadishu

was shot dead by a pro-government militia.

"The new Somali

authorities must rein in these criminal gangs who are terrorising media",

added Baglo. "There are important stories to report on in Somalia and

journalists cannot do their job properly while under threat of death."

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more information contact the IFJ at + +221 33 867 95 87

The IFJ represents

over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide