19 January 2013

Somalia: Somali Premier Emotionally Sends Condolence to the Colleagues and Family of Slain Shabelle Journalist

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Somali journalists wear bullet-proof vests to go to work (file photo).

Mogadishu — Somali Prime minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saa'id has sent an emotional message of condolence to the family and friends of slain Shabelle journalist who was mercilessly shot dead in Mogadishu by assassins.

At a news conference in the capital, Mr. Saaid said that he was shocked and deplored at the death of journalist Abdi Hared Osman Adan and that he mourns the journalist's death with his family and colleagues at Shabelle media network where the journalist was working.

Prime Minister Saaid told that he personally planned to attend the funeral of the journalist who was buried at the grounds of Madina hospital but unfortunately couldn't do so.

Saa'id said at his news conference that he got briefing of the slain journalist from the security services of the government yesterday soon after he was killed but he said that he demanded full information which can lead the arrest of perpetrators of the journalist's killing.

Somali Premier continued that he would contact with the family of the slain journalist, Abdihared Osman and his colleagues.

Meanwhile, Somali Premier Abdi Farah Shirdon Saa'id asked the interior ministry to accelerate the case of Abdiaziz Koronto, a journalist detained by Somali criminal investigation department so that the journalist finds his liberty if there is no evidence to prove against him.

Shabelle reaction of Prime Minister Saa'id's condolence message.

We are encouraged and touched by the sincerity in the tone of the Prime Minister during his news conference today and it is the first time that Shabelle Media Network and its staff feel that the top leadership of the nation is aching in the same way we feel when we lose a dear colleague like Abdihared Osman and all those before him.

With such strong feeling and commitment expressed by the Prime Minster, we feel confidence that the security agencies of the government will this time find the perpetrators of the heinous crime and we ask the top leadership such as the president and the prime minister and other officials of the government to work for how journalists can find a safe environment to conduct their important job.

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