Senegal: CPJ wants thorough investigation into killing of Somali journalist

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Somali authorities should thoroughly and credibly investigate the fatal shooting of radio journalist, Abdiaziz Ali, and swiftly bring his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.

In a statement made available to PANA in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday, the press freedom watchdog revealed that gunmen on motorbikes shot the journalist who hosted a morning news programme for the privately-run Radio Shabelle, at sunset in the Yaqshid district of the capital Mogadishu on 27 September.

CPJ quoted Shabelle Media Network chairman, Abdimalik Yusuf Mohamud, as saying that Abdiaziz was on his way to visit his parents when he was shot.

The motive for the killing was not immediately apparent, and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to the press freedom body, this is the second killing of a Somali radio journalist in Mogadishu this year.

In June, Sagal Salad Osman, who worked for state-run Radio Mogadishu, was said to be fatally shot as she left her university campus and CPJ is investigating to determine whether her death was work-related.

"The killing of Somali journalist Abdiaziz Ali must not be allowed to become yet another statistic in a country notorious for not bringing journalists' murderers to justice," remarked Murithi Mutiga, CPJ's East Africa representative.

"We urge Somali authorities to leave no stone unturned in determining the motive for Abdiaziz's and Sagal's killings and finding and prosecuting those responsible."

The statement pointed out that Somali authorities have repeatedly shut down Radio Shabelle and arrested its staff, and its journalists have often been targeted and killed.

CPJ also ranked Somalia as the worst offender in its 2015 Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are slain and killers go free.
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28 septembre 2016 13:08:05

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