Friday, 12 April 2013

SMFD pays tribute to Somali brave journalists who lost their lives while on duty in Somalia

Somalia is one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists to operate, three journalists including female killed in Somalia so far this year.

 Last year was recorded as one of the deadliest years for journalists in the country since the government has promised to take action against those who kill journalists, but so far no arrests have yet been made for any of the journalist deaths in 2012.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), "Somalia” was among the world's deadliest countries in the world.

Somali journalists do believe that they are killed because of their profession in spite of that, they should not quit their job for fear of  anyone who is their enemy because they  are be acquainted with that they are serving the people by  providing  society access to the news and the truth behind what is happening in the country.
Every morning, as journalists leave their residence to go to work without knowing whether they will return safely or not.

 It is a very difficult environment and security is not guaranteed for those working in the different types of media in Somali and they often receive phone calls from unknown individuals threatening to kill them.

All these caused by insecurity and a failed government for last two decades, journalists have been sucked into the mess

Being a journalist in Somalia is possibly the toughest and most risky job in the world. More than 50-journalists have lost their lives since the collapse of the Somali government in 1991.

Somali Media Freedom Defender pays tribute to the brave Journalists killed while on duty in Somalia.




SMFD is so sad and disheartening for the journalists considering the odds that are facing their profession. It pays tribute to these brave men and women who lost their lives as these pictures show us. This means that working in Somalia as journalist is very hard work which needs braveness and talent.

SMFD also calls on Somali government to take procedures to protect Journalists though on 5 February, Somalia Prime-Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Sa’id launched an Independent Task Force on Human Rights to tackle what he called a “culture of impunity” in relation to human rights abuses in Somalia.

A 13 member taskforce will investigate a broad range of human rights abuses, including the killing of journalist and also recently offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the "successful conviction of a journalist killer to reduce meaningless killing of Somali journalists.

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