Senegal: CPJ says Somali govt. must investigate killing of journalist

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said Somali authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing on Sunday of journalist Sagal Salad Osman and bring those responsible to justice.

In a statement made available to PANA in Dakar, Senegal, on Tuesday, the press freedom watchdog revealed that the 24-year-old journalist, who worked as a producer and presenter for the state-run Radio Mogadishu, was leaving her university campus in the Hodan neighborhood of Mogadishu when three gunmen shot her in the head and the chest, killing her.

According to the statement, the gunmen fled the scene.

"Somalia has long been among the worst offenders for allowing the killings of journalists to go uninvestigated and unpunished," remarked CPJ Deputy Executive Director, Robert Mahoney.

"Sagal Salad Osman's death comes as a painful reminder of that legacy of impunity, and we call on Somali authorities to bring her killers to justice."

The statement pointed out that the motive for the murder was not immediately apparent, and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

CPJ said members of the state-run media are often threatened and attacked by militants in the region, including Al-Shabaab, but that it could not immediately determine if Sagal had received threats prior to Sunday's attack.

The media freedom watchdog recalled that at least four journalists and one media worker affiliated to Radio Mogadishu have been killed in direct relation to their work since 2010.

It said going by its research, Somalia is the deadliest country in Africa for journalists.
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07 june 2016 13:16:09

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