Senegal: CPJ says Somali journalist killed in car bomb

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The  Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that a Somali journalist, Hindia Haji Mohamed, was killed in a car bomb attack on Thursday.

In a statement made available to PANA in Dakar on Friday, CPJ said Hindia was a producer and reporter with the state-run outlets Radio Mogadishu and Somali National TV.

The journalist was said to be leaving a university in Mogadishu when a bomb planted under the seat of her car was detonated by remote control. She died a few hours later.

"The death of Hindia Haji Mohamed is a tragic reminder that Somalia is the world's worst offender when it comes to the murder of journalists with impunity," remarked CPJ Africa Programme Coordinator, Sue Valentine.

"We urge the authorities to investigate her murder, bring the killers to justice, and work harder to create an environment in which journalists can report the news freely and in safety."

According to the press freedom watchdog, no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing and it could not immediately determine if Hindia had received threats before her murder.

CPJ also reveals that members of Somalia's state-run media are often threatened and attacked by militants in the region.

Hindia was the widow of Liban Ali Nur, who also worked for Radio Mogadishu and Somali National TV, and who was murdered on September 20, 2012 in an attack in Mogadishu, the statement noted.

The National Union of Somali Journalists told CPJ that Hindia was a single mother of seven children.

A pedestrian walking near the journalist's vehicle at the time of the explosion was reportedly seriously injured.

In the past five years, 25 journalists have been killed in Somalia for their work, and the country ranks at the top of CPJ's Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go unpunished.
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04 december 2015 12:44:40

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