UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today denounced the killing of Abdullahi Osman Moallim, a Somali broadcast journalist who died on 13 September from injuries sustained during a suicide bombing in Beledeweyne three days earlier.
Two other Somali journalists, Abdi Shakur Mohamed Hassan and Abdulkadir Omar Ibrahim, were also injured when the attacker detonated an explosive vest outside a restaurant in the Hiiraan region. Mr. Moallim worked for the Somalian broadcaster Jubbaland TV. At least six people were killed and ten injured during the attack.
“I condemn the killing of Abdullahi Osman Moallim,” said Director-General Bokova. “Journalists the world over are being attacked based on their mission to keep the public informed. I call on the responsible authorities to investigate this attack and extend my condolences to the victims and their families.”
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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