Director-General urges stronger safety for media workers in Somalia following killing of journalist Daud Ali Omar

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova voiced deep concern for the safety of journalists following the murder of journalist Daud Ali Omar, as well as his wife, Hawo Abdi Aden, in the city of Baidoa on 29 April.

“I condemn the murder of Daud Ali Omar and of his wife,” the Director-General said. “Somali journalists, have been paying an unacceptably high price for trying to keep the people of Somalia informed. It is essential that the authorities do all in their power to improve the safety of journalists. This means that they cannot allow such horrific crimes to go unpunished.”

Daud, 35, was a producer for the local, privately owned station Radio Baidoa.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”