20 January 2013

Somalia: Abdi El-Hard Osman Adn, the First Somali Journalist to Be Murdered in 2013

press release

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, strongly condemns the murdering of the journalist "Abdi El-Hard Osman Aden" by unknown armed groups who fired bullets on him while he was going to his work without clear reasons.

The armed group, on Friday January 18, 2013, have shoot the journalist "Aden" the anchor in the broadcast of "Shabili media-network" in Mogadishu as he was injured by three bullets in the shoulder and neck in addition to serious injuries that resulted in his death after he was sent to the hospital.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI): "the persistence assault on the journalists in Somalia is a serious violation to the freedom of the press and undermine it".

ANHRI added that "the escalation of the furious assaults on the journalists and prosecuting them in addition to abusing them have increased rapidly during the last year in particular as the assassination of the several Somalia without known reasons".

ANHRI noted that the increasing in the operations that target the journalists during 2012, reached 18 journalist, who were several of them were assassinated in various events which include explosions and shooting by unknown armed persons. Among the assassinated 4 journalists in the "Shabili media network", among them tits manage and no investigation has been conducted to the event and none of the involved were brought before the fair trial. The government didn't show any attention to the preserve the souls of the journalists and empower them to perform their mission.

ANHRI reminding "Hasan Shiekh Mahmoud" the Somali president, by what he said in a meeting with "Hilary Clinton" the Secretary of State, of his desire to build a new Somalia that lives in peace with itself and where people can go to their daily works safely. ANHRI calls on him to give the priority to investigate targeting the journalists and escalating the violence against them.

ANHRI calls on opening an immediate investigation in this event and reveal the criminals and bring them to justice in addition to taking all the required measures to protect the journalists during performing their job. ANHRI calls on the president to meet with the journalists to find the ways to secure preforming their job and access to information. ANHRI calls on drafting the a strict law to protect the journalists from the assaults of the armed groups and imposing a law to deterrent the whoever desire to harass or assassinate them.

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