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NUSOJ Condemns the Murder of the Somali Journalist, detained Journalist to appear in Court Next Week

Human Rights

Té / 22 January 2013

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the murder of the Somali journalist on Friday Morning in the strongest terms possible and calls for prompt investigations into the murder case and along the other previous cases, meanwhile, the Somali Journalist held in communicado for conducting a interview of a woman who claimed she was raped by members of the Somali Security forces will appear in court on next Tuesday 22 January, 2012.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)

Armed gunmen shot to death Abdi Hareed Osman of Radio Shabelle in Wadajir district on Friday morning. The motive of the killing is yet unknown.

NUSOJ condemns the killing of the journalists and calls for prompt investigation into the murder case. The union sends its sympathies and condolences families, friends and colleague who might have missed Mr. Osman.

"On behalf of the Somali Journalists, I send my sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of late Osman." Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, "We call for prompt investigations, so that the killers be brought to justice, to end the culture of impunity."

Osman is the first journalist killed in Somalia in 2013. 18 Media workers have been killed in Somalia in 2012 alone and none of the killers has been punished for their crimes. The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, His excellency, Hassan Sheik Mohamoud told journalists and union representative that "The era of impunity has finished and the criminals will be identified and brought to justice, during the meeting on 9 November 2012 at the presidential palace.

The National Union of Somali Journalists calls for government to speed up the formation of the task force against the crimes against the journalists in order for the criminals who are enjoying the impunity be brought to justice.

On a separate incident, the Somali Journalists and union officials gathered at the court on Thursday 17 January, 2013, where it was expected from the police to bring the detained journalist Abdiasis Koronto of Radio Dalsan, but was later announced that it was delayed until next Monday. The hearing of his case will take place next Tuesday 22 January, 2013 and Somali journalists are very well prepared to defend the journalist in court by facilitating all necessary means to win the freedom of the detained journalist. Already, a lawyer has been secured for the journalist who will defend him at the court.

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