The Human Rights Journalists condemns in the strongest terms possible the murder of the Somalia journalist Abdiweli Ali Hassan nicknamed as “Online” who was attacked in Afgoye town 30 KM southwest of Mogadishu, on Sunday evening 16th February 2020. Abdiwali who was Universal TV and Kulmiye radio a correspondent in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia was shot twice on the head and chest by unknown gunmen who escaped the scene of the attack after the shooting. The journalist succumbed to his injuries as he was rushed to Mogadishu for treatment.
The director of Kulmiye radio told HRJ that the journalist was in Dhagahtur village of Afgoye district when the gunmen assaulted him and shot him twice on the head and chest. His relatives had rushed him to Mogadishu for hospitalization but died on the way.
“This is the latest case of the constant killing of journalists and media workers in Somalia and the continuing attempts to intimidate and silence Somali journalists,” said the Secretary-General of Human Rights Journalists Abdulkadir Farah Dulyar. “The Somali government must act swiftly and decisively in this and all cases that have been accruing in Somalia for over a decade now. Full prosecution of the perpetrators of such crimes is the only suitable response to overturning this history of impunity.”
No group has yet claimed for the responsibility of the murder of Abdiweli Ali AKA “Online” who becomes the first journalist to be killed in Somalia in 2020 and despite repeated calls from the press advocates to ensure the safety and security of journalists, violent attacks, threats, arrests, and intimidations against journalists continue and that portrays the brittle safety state of Somali journalists.
The Human Rights Journalists (HRJ) urges the Somali government to protect journalists so that they can serve the people without fear.