UN: UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalist in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova on Wednesday condemned the
killings of a broadcast journalist in Somalia, Ms. Sagal Salad Osman, who lost her
live last Sunday.

Ms. Bokova in a statement, obtained by PANA in New York, stated: "I condemn
the murder of Ms. Sagal Salad Osman."

Ms. Osman, a broadcaster for state-run Somali National Television and Radio
Mogadishu, was shot in the west of the Somali capital.

She said: "Violence is never acceptable. It is particularly tragic when used to
silence a young woman blazing a trail for all others by exercising an essential
profession in a difficult environment."

The UNESCO chief issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with
Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO member states at the organization’s General
Conference of 1997, entitled: "Condemnation of Violence against Journalists."

PANA recalled that New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had
urged Somali authorities to thoroughly investigate the killing Ms. Osman and
bring those responsible to justice.

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
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