Abdihared Osman Adan, a radio journalist in Mogadishu, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Friday.
Unidentified gunmen on Friday killed a Somali journalist working for the Shabelle Media Network in the capital Mogadishu, colleagues and witnesses said.
Abdihared Osman Adan, a presenter at the radio was shot several times near his house in Mogadishu’s Wadajir district. He is the first journalist to be killed in Somalia in 2013.
“The gunmen shot him three times in the neck and shoulder. He was seriously injured and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead,” said a colleague, Mohamed Bashir.
“We don’t know the motives of the killers but it looks to be part of the campaign to eliminate free press in the country,” he added.
“The gunmen got him after he left his house and they shot him with pistols and ran off,” said Mumin Abdirahman, who witnessed the attack.
In a statement released by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), secretary general, Mohammed Ibrahim condemned the murder of Adan, saying that he was a brave journalist and one of the few journalists who could publicly criticise the ruling style of the government.
In a statement, NUSOJ condemned the killing and called for an immediate and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the attack.
Ibrahim said: “On behalf of the Somali Journalists, I send my sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of late Osman. We call for prompt investigations, so that the killers be brought to justice, to end the culture of impunity.”
Doha Centre for Media Freedom has been working with NUSOJ and supporting efforts to improve the safety and security of journalists in Somalia. The centre strongly condemns the attacks against journalists in Somalia and calls on the government to take any steps necessary to eradicate the culture of impunity in the country
Last year, press freedom was severely affected in Somalia as 18 journalists lost their lives. The centre is hoping that the authorities can begin to offer more effective protection to members of the media to ensure that 2013 does not witness a similar cycle of violence and loss of life.
Africa director for the International Federation of Journalists, Gabriel Baglo said: “The IFJ is deeply concerned over the rampant violence and killings of journalists in Somalia. We stand united in our efforts to condemn the unspeakable violence against media professionals and we will stand firm in demand on the authorities in Somalia to justice is done for the victim and his family.”