The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today deplored the killing of journalists Abdirahman Mohamed Ali and Ahmed Abdulahi Farah in Mogadishu and denounced spiralling violence against the media in Somalia.
“I am appalled by news of the brutal killing of Mohamed Ali and Ahmed Abdulahi Farah in Mogadishu and feel deeply concerned about the unacceptable toll paid by the media in Somalia,” the Director-General said. “Journalists must be allowed to exercise their basic human right to free expression and their professional duty to keep the public informed.”
On 28 September an armed man shot and killed Abdullahi Abdi Fanah, a stringer for the Yemen news agency (SABA) in Mogadishu.
The beheaded body of Journalist Abdirahman Mohamed Ali, 25, was found in a street in Mogadishu on 27 September. The journalist, a reporter for Somali sports news website cayaarahamaanta.com, had been abducted one day earlier.
Fifteen journalists have been killed in Somalia in 2012 and a total of 27 since 2008. They are remembered on the dedicated site UNESCO Condemns the Killing of Journalists.