UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today denounced the murder of radio journalist Rahmo Abdulkadir, who was killed in Mogadishu on 24 March, and called for an investigation into the crime.
“I condemn the murder of Rahmo Abdulkadir. Her name joins a long list of journalists who have been lost their lives in Somalia,” declared the Director-General. “Media professionals must be able to work in secure conditions to fulfill their mission. Impunity for crimes against them must not be tolerated; it increases their vulnerability and compromises freedom of expression for all.”
Rahmo Abdulkadir, 25, worked for Radio Abduwaq, a privately owned radio station. According to media reports, she was shot down by two men, who then fled the scene.
Rahmo Abdulkadir is the 40th journalist or media professional killed in Somalia. She is remembered on the dedicated web page UNESCO Condemns the Killing of Journalists.
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…”