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Killers of woman journalist shot dead in Mogadishu must be found

6 June 2016

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its gender council have joined its affiliate, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), in condemning the murder of a young and promising female journalist in Somalia on 5 June.

The NUSOJ reported that Sagal Salad Osman, 24, was shot in the head and chest by two armed men while near Plasma University, Mogadishu. She was working for the government-controlled Somali National Television (SNTV) as newscaster.

Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ secretary general, said:

""We offer our heartfelt condolences to Sagal Salad Osman's family and we implore Somali authorities to bring those responsible for her murder to justice and break the cycle of violence and impunity that has plagued the country for so long. We demand that the security forces and the judiciary ensure her death does not go unpunished.
"While this is the first death in Somalia this year, the NUSOJ has reported increasing levels of violence, with four journalists reported killed last year, including Hindiyo Haji Mohamed by a car bomb in December. Mohamed was a journalist with the national television station SNTV and had lost her journalist husband to a suicide bomb three years before."

Jim Boumelha, IFJ president, said:

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Sagal Salad Osman. Too many journalists in Somalia are being attacked with impunity. We demand an immediate investigation into this murder and we demand justice."

Mindy Ran, co-chair of the IFJ gender council, said:

“Over the past few years we have had increasing reports of female journalists in Somalia being targeted because of their sex.These are clearly cases of femicide and can no longer be tolerated. We call on national and international bodies to condemn and end this brutal form of silencing.”

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