19 January 2013

Somalia: Ethiopia Sends Condolence to the Colleagues and Family of Slain Shabelle Journalist.

On behalf of the Ethiopian Government, I condemn the murder of Abdihared Osman Aden and send my deepest condolence to his family, Shabelle Media Network, and the people of Somalia in general.

It's deplorable that the perpetrators of such heinous crimes continue to enjoy impunity, while the Somali media community continues to be targeted, therefore, I urge the Somali Authorities to ensure those responsible are brought to justice; it is important to end impunity for the murder of any individual let alone those specifically targeting journalists.

Their work is crucial to the future of Somalia and they should be able to operate without fear for their lives. I admire, feel proud and pay tribute to their bravery and professionalism.

It is sad to note that this barbaric behavior continues to exist despite the relative peace and security that Mogadishu is currently enjoying. It is very critical that stakeholders as a matter of priority and urgency put their heads together and bring to an end this trend once and for all.

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