Gambia: CPJ urges Somali authorities to investigate killing of journalist

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Somalia to thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Abdullahi Osman Moalim following a bomb blast.

In a statement made available to PANA on Saturday, the press freedom watchdog revealed that the Somali broadcast journalist Abdullahi Osman Moalim died on 13 September from injuries sustained on 10 September when a suicide bomber attacked a café in Beldweyne where members of the press had gathered.

“The killing of Abdullahi Osman Moalim and the injuries of two other journalists underscore that Somalia remains an extremely hostile environment for the press,” remarked CPJ Africa Programme Coordinator Angela Quintal.

“We call on authorities to do everything in their power to investigate this suicide attack and curb the cycle of violence."

According to the statement, Abdullahi, who worked with the privately owned station Radio Codka Hiiraan and the state-owned broadcaster Jubbaland TV, suffered head injuries after being struck by shrapnel in the attack.

Abdullahi, 24, and a group of other journalists were said to be waiting in the café for a press briefing that was due to take place in the nearby office of the governor of Hiiraan region when the incident happened.

Two other journalists, who also work for Radio Codka Hiiraan and other media outlets, were injured in the attack while Abdi Shakur Mohamed Hassan, who works for Star FM Radio and Saab TV, and Abdulkadir Omar Ibrah, a correspondent for RTN TV and Simba Radio, sustained minor injuries and have been discharged from the hospital.

CPJ said Journalists in Somalia often congregate in restaurants and cafés near political offices while they wait for press conferences or to interview officials.

At least three people were killed and over 10 injured in the attack for which the militant group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility.

"Al Shabaab frequently targets places where journalists gather. At least 62 journalists have been killed in relation to their work in Somalia since 1992, many of them in bombings, making it one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a reporter," the statement said.
-0- PANA MLJ/MA 16Sept2016

16 september 2017 10:31:07

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