21 January 2013

Somalia: Widespread Condemnation of Journalist Killing

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

Ambassador Abdulaziz A. Aden, Ethiopia's Ambassador to Somalia, has sent a condolence message to the family and colleagues of Abdihared Osman Adan who was killed while he was walking to work in the Wadajir district of Mogadishu the capital on Friday last week (January 18th).

Abdihared Osman Aden, a well known journalist of Shebele Media Network was shot at least three times and died in hospital. In his message Ambassador Abdulaziz A. Aden condemned "the murder of Abdihared Osman Adan and send my deepest condolence to his family, Shabelle Media Network, and the people of Somalia in general.

He said it was "deplorable that the perpetrators of such heinous crimes continue to enjoy impunity, while the Somali media community continues to be targeted. 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." Ambassador Abdulaziz, noting that the work of journalists was crucial to the future of Somalia, paid tribute to their bravery and professionalism and said they should be able to operate without fear for their lives.

Over the weekend, Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon visited the Shebelle Media Network to pay tribute to the late Abdihared Osman Adan and the work of Shebelle Media. He was accompanied by members of the cabinet and Chief of Police and of the intelligence agency. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Annadif, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Ambassador Mahiga have also both condemned the murder of Abdihared Osman Adan. Eighteen journalists were killed in Somalia last year

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