Tuesday, 23 April 2013

The government has vowed to stop attacks against journalists, but so far little action has been taken.

Somali  Media Freedom Defender sends its deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of Mohamed Ibrahim and it the government led by president Hassan has too take tangible steps to eliminate the perpetrators who target journalists by ensuring those responsible for Mohamed's death are brought to the justice as soon as possible.

Mohamed, along with 14-other journalists, had fled from Mogadishu city in 2009 in order to get safety and he lived in  exile in Kampala, Uganda, returning only recently to Somalia, local journalists to survive his pregnant wife and two daughters.

Since  Mogadishu still remains violent and this brutal action  has coincided  while last week gunmen attacked Somalia's Supreme Court complex, massacring at least 35- individuals including former journalist Mohamed Hassan Habeeb and well-known lawyers Mohamed Mohamud Afrah  and Abikarin Hassan Gorad. The two lawyers were known for their role in  defending Abdiaziz Abdinuur,  Somali journalist who was imprisoned earlier this year for interviewing an alleged rape victim.

Mohamed Ibrahim Rage, who worked for the station, at his home in the capital Sunday. He had reportedly received death threats in the past, and had recently returned to Somalia after living abroad, according to local media.

Working as a reporter is a dangerous job in Mogadishu. Last year, 18 media workers were killed, most in targeted killings.

"The supposed improvement in security in Mogadishu is for the time being still very fragile," Reporters Without Borders said in a statement. "The Somali capital continues to be one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists."

Last month, a suicide car bomber targeting Mogadishu intelligence chief killed six people, including a radio reporter and the government has vowed to stop attacks against journalists, but so far little action has been taken.

Somali journalists  in exile in Uganda condemn the murder in the strongest terms possible and call for an urgent investigations in the murder case.

Ahmed-sadik Mohamed, Somali journalist activist said, “ On behalf of Somali exiled journalists, I mourn for his loss and send my sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of Late Mohamed Ibrahim Rage.”


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