SRSG Mahiga Statement on Assassination of Somali Journalist

18 Jan 2013

SRSG Mahiga Statement on Assassination of Somali Journalist

Mogadishu, 18 January 2013 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga condemned the murder of Shabelle radio journalist Abdihared Osman Adan, who was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen earlier today in Mogadishu.

"This is the latest in the series of heinous killings targeting the Somali media community," said SRSG Mahiga. Eighteen journalists were killed in Somalia last year alone.

"I call on the Government to expedite the formation of the task force announced by President Hassan Sheikh in November. It's deplorable that the perpetrators continue to enjoy impunity, while the Somali media community continues to be targeted," SRSG Mahiga added.

In November last year President Hassan Sheikh called on Prime Minister Shirdon to set up a Task Force to thoroughly and urgently investigate all cases involving the killing of Somali journalists with a view to bring those responsible to justice.

"Free and independent media is the backbone of a democratic state and egalitarian society. Every violent attack against the media is an attack against transparent governance. Freedom of expression is guaranteed under Somalia's provisional constitution as well as Somalia's international commitments," Dr. Mahiga said.

The SRSG extended his condolences to Abdihared Osman Adan's family and friends, to Shabelle Media Network and to the Somali media community.