Mogadishu (Halbeeg News) – Somali Madia watch has called for protection of the fourth estate members amid targets against journalists increased.
Last week, unidentified gunmen killed Abdullahi Mire Hashi, aradio journalist on the outskirt of Somali Mogadishu.
Nobody has been arrest in connection to the murder of the journalist.
The National Union of Somalia Journalists (NUSOJ) has urged Somali government to carry out efforts to arrest the perpetrators of the heinous attacks against Somali journalists.
“I am deeply saddened that Somalia still remains in the top-list of the countries that journalist are murdered and culprits go unpunished. We need to improve this situation,” Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, NUSOJ general secretary, said in a statement issued on Thursday evening.
Moalimu emphasized the need for the safety and protection of journalists and media workers against any threats or physical violation of their right to life and integrity by its security forces and other non-state actors.
“The high levels of violence against journalists are unacceptably high and there is an urgent need for the government to protect and enforce journalists’ basic right to life,” he added.
According to the union, eleven journalists and media workers including two female journalists were killed in Somalia while performing their duties between 2016 to 2018.
The Horn of Africa nation remains one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists with dozens having been killed, maimed or forced to leave the country.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says about 25 journalists have been murdered with complete impunity between September 1, 2008 and Aug. 31.