IFJ condemns murder of Hindiyo Haji Mohamed in Somalia
4 December 2015
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its affiliate, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), in condemning the murder of Hindiyo Haji Mohamed, a female journalist who worked for the Somali national TV station (SNTV) and Radio Mogadishu. She was killed when an explosive device attached under her car went off.
According to the NUSOJ, Hindiyo Haji Mohamed (27) was returning home from Somali International University (SIU), where she was a student, when the car bomb went off. She was critically injured in the blast and later died in hospital. The media have reported there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Hindiyo leaves her seven children and her late husband, Liban Ali Nur, who was also a journalist, was killed on 20 September 2012 in a suicide attack on a restaurant in Mogadishu.
NUSOJ has called for an investigation into the journalist's murder to identify and punish her killers.
Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ secretary general, said:
"We all mourn this disastrous assassination of Hindiyo Haji Mohamed which is another reminder of the risks Somali journalists continue to face regularly. This was targeted killing, deliberately meant to eliminate Hindiyo. Those who deliberately seek to harm unsuspecting members of the public, including journalists, need to be condemned and hunted down to answer for their actions."
The IFJ backs NUSOJ's call and sent its condolences to the friends and family of the reporter, the first female journalist killed in Somalia in the past five years and the fourth journalist murdered in the country in 2015.
Jim Boumelha, IFJ president, said:
"We are appalled by this outrageous targeting and killing of Hindiyo Haji Mohamed who had herself lost a journalist husband to mindless violence.
"Our thoughts go to her family, especially the seven children who have now lost both of their parents. We wholeheartedly back NUSOJ's call for a thorough investigation so that her murderers can face the full force of the law. In the meanwhile, the IFJ will continue to its own work to promote the personal safety of all Somalian journalists so they can safely do their job of reporting the truth on the ground."