This blog reports the abuses of media freedom defender in Somalia.
Friday, 18 January 2013
Shabelle journalist gunned down in Somali
Nairobi, January 18,
2013-A veteran producer for the Shabelle Media Network was gunned down
today in Mogadishu, the fifth Shabelle journalist killed in 13 months. The
Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this murder and calls on Somali
authorities to not only investigate, but to follow up on the investigative task
force on journalist murders that was promised by Somali President Hassan Sheikh
Mohamoud in November.
assailants shotShabelle producer Abdihared Osman Aden at
around 7 a.m. today while he was walking to work in the Wadajir district of the
capital, according to local journalists and news
reports. The journalist, who was shot at least three times, died at a local
hospital, the sources said.
Shabelle released a statement after the
attack, calling Abdihared a veteran TV and radio producer and "outstanding
At least four
journalists working for Shabelle Media were killed by unidentified gunmen in
2012, three of them near their homes, according to CPJ research. Twelve
journalists were killed in
Somalia in 2012, all of them targeted murders, making the country the most
dangerous in Africa for journalists, CPJ research shows.
In November, Somali
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud said he would be setting up a task
force to investigate the cases of journalist murders in the country. News
reports quoted the president as saying, "The era of impunity must stop
immediately." But the president has not yet followed through on his pledge to
set up the task force, according to local journalists.
Sheikh Mohamoudmust make good on his promise to reverse the terrible
record of impunity in Somalia, a process that can begin with the creation of
the investigative task force he has outlined," said CPJ East Africa Consultant
Tom Rhodes. "We send our deep condolences to Abdihared Osman Aden's family and
his colleagues at Shabelle Media Network."
second-worst on CPJ's 2012 Impunity Index,
which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered regularly and killers
go free. None of the 12 Somali journalist murders last year were resolved,
according to CPJ research.
·For more data and analysis on Somalia, visit
CPJ's Somalia page here.