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Radio journalist stabbed to death in Somalia

20 September 2018

Journalist Abdirisak Sa’id Osman, a radio reporter working for the privately owned Radio Voice of Peace in the Somali city of Galkayo, was stabbed to death on Tuesday 18 September after he left work.

The National Union of Journalists in the UK and Ireland (NUJ) joins with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), in condemning this terrible crime and demanding Somali authorities investigate the killing and ensure justice is done.

According to NUSOJ’s statement, Sa’id Osman was slashed in the back and heart when he was leaving the radio station.

The killing followed Osman’s reporting on insecurity in Galkayo city due to the activities of jihadist group Al-Shabbaab and NUSOJ believes that Omar’s reporting was the motive behind the crime.

The killing of Abdirisak Sa’id Osman, aged 30, is the second murder of a journalist in Somalia this year after Abdirisaq Qasim Iman, a TV cameraman, was shot dead by a police officer on July 27.

The IFJ and the NUSOJ submitted a joint statement to the UN’s Human Rights Council to draw attention to the systematic human rights’ violations and attacks on freedom of expression in Somalia.

Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ secretary general, said:

"Each year, journalists in Galkayo are assaulted, threatened, abused and harassed, most often for doing their job. Puntland authorities must ensure that the killers are arrested and prosecuted as soon as possible."

Anthony Belanger, IFJ general secretary, said:

"We are saddened by yet another killing of a journalist in Somalia. The IFJ condemns the unrelenting deadly attacks on journalists in Somalia and urges authorities to ensure justice in this and previous killings targeting journalists. We also send condolences and solidarity to Omar’s family, colleagues and friends."

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