UNESCO Director-General deplores murder of Somali journalist Abdihared Osman Adan

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has denounced the murder of Somali radio journalist Abdihared Osman Adan, who was gunned down in the Wadajir district of Mogadishu shortly after leaving his home for work on 18 January.

“The murder of Abdihared Osman Adan is a terrible loss for a country rebuilding itself after so many years of conflict, and must be firmly condemned” the Director-General said. “A free and vibrant media, based on the right to freedom of expression, with committed and well-trained journalists who can fulfill their professional responsibilities without fearing for their lives, is one of the essential tools for such reconstruction.

“I trust that a full investigation will be carried out into Mr Adan’s death, and that the perpetrators of this crime will be brought to justice.”

Mr Adan, 45, worked for Radio Shabelle in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. According to his colleagues, he is one of the few journalists who dared not to live on the station’s premises out of fear for their security.

According to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), he is the ninth radio Shabelle journalist to have been murdered since January 2007. He is remembered on the dedicated webpage UNESCO Condemns the Killing of Journalists.


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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…”