JOINT PRESS STATEMENT: Somali Media Fraternity Condemns Assault Against Female Journalist and a Cameraman in Mogadishuh
MOGADISHU, Somalia 04 May, 2020 –Somali Media fraternity* vehemently condemns in the strongest terms possible the assault and the injury on female journalist Safiya Aden Osman, a reporter for Shabelle TV and her cameraman, Abdulkadir Ga’al by Waberi District police and District Officials in Mogadishu on Monday 04 May, the latest in the string of violence against media professionals in Somalia.
Meanwhile, we are dismayed by the new threats by the Somali Prime Minister’s Communication Office against our media organizations and journalists following our joint call to end violence against media professionals on the World Press Freedom Day on Sunday. We call for Somali Prime Minister to urgently take appropriate and relevant actions to ensure the safety of our staff and journalists amid the very highly dangerous level of threats coming from his Office.
*Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ), Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS), Somali Media Associatiotn (SOMA) and Somali Independent Media Houses (SIMHA)