Terror an excuse to kill Somali journalists

Terrorist executed by firing squad

Terrorist executed by firing squad

From SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – CLAIMS by Somalia’s state security that journalists are providing a propaganda platform for Al-Shabaab terrorists have been dismissed as a ploy to eliminates media personnel and silence reporting on critical issues.

The concern by rights groups follows a spate of killings of journalists allegedly at the hands of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA).

“Suggesting that journalists pose a threat to Somalia ignores their precarious situation,” said Human Rights Watch.

A month ago, Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali, known as Haji, a journalist at a local radio station, was killed outside his family home in the capital Mogadishu’s.

A witness said that unidentified gunmen shot him several times.

Abdiaziz, who died on the spot, was the second journalist killed this year in Somalia and the eleventh reporter from the radio station to be murdered.

According to the United Nations, 30 journalists have been killed between August 2012, when the government took office, and June this year.

Media freedoms have been a major casualty of Somalia’s long-running armed conflict. These killings and attacks have created a lasting fear among colleagues.
CAJ News

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