IFJ Condemns Brutal Murder of Somali Radio Journalist

 

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the murder of Somali radio

journalistAbdihared

Osman Adan. According to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), an

IFJ affiliate,  Abdihared Osman Adan, 45, who worked for Radio Shabelle was

brutally killed today Friday 18 January in an unprovoked attack by three unknown

armed men who

shot him in

the Wadajir district of the capital, Mogadishu.

 

“The IFJ is deeply concerned over the rampant

violence and killings of journalists in

Somalia. We stand united in our efforts to condemn the unspeakable violence

against media professionals and we will stand firm in demand

on the authorities in Somalia tosee that justice is done for the victim and his family,”

said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa director.

 

In a statement, NUSOJ

condemned the murder of Abdihared Osman Adan, saying he was a brave

journalist and one of the few journalists who could publicly criticize the ruling style

of the government.  He had, unlike the rest of his colleagues at Radio

Shabelle station who live in the premises, decided to live at his home, NUSOJ added.

 

The IFJ joins his

colleagues at Radio Shabelle and the NUSOJ to pay tribute to him and call on

the authorities to immediately investigate the circumstances surrounding the

murder. “We hail the courage of our colleague. Authorities must punish those

responsible for his murder and take all necessary measures so that journalists can practice their

work in safe conditions,” Baglo added.

 

NUSOJ Secretary

General Omar Faruk Osman called on the federal government of Somalia to create a special unit to

protect journalists, enact a law on journalists’ safety and establish an independent

institution with the mandate to investigate all criminal violations against

 media professionals, including advocates of freedom of expression.

 

Adan left behind a

wife and two children. He is the ninth journalist from Radio Shabelle to be

killed since 2007.  

 

The number of Somali

journalists killed has steadily been increasing lately, with a total of 18

journalists killed last year. Adan is the first journalist killed this year.

The IFJ

warned that the government’s failure to investigate the circumstances and the motives of

the killings has only contributed to strengthen the climate of impunity in the

country. 

 

The IFJ is extending its sympathy and deepest

condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the journalist.

 

For more information contact the IFJ on +221 33

867 95 86/87

The IFJ represents more than 600.000

journalists in 134 countries