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