Director-General condemns attack on radio reporter Abdirizak Said Osman in Somalia

20 September 2018

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has denounced the killing of radio reporter Abdirisak Said Osman in the city of Galkayo, on 18 September.

“I condemn the attack on Abdirizak Said Osman” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to follow up on this crime with a thorough investigation. The perpetrators and instigators of crimes against journalists must be brought to justice so that others do not feel emboldened to attack the media.”

Abdirisak Said Osman, a reporter for local radio station Voice of Peace, in Galkayo, was stabbed to death after he left his workplace. Shortly before this attack, he had been reporting on the increasing insecurity in the region due to the activities of militant groups.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity-building and a range of actions, notably the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

See also: UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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