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Sad Press Freedom Day In Somalia, TV Journalist Stabbed To Death.

By Abdiaziz Loyal – Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, May 4, 2020. 

The Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ), said late Monday, it strongly condemns the killing of Kalsan TV journalist. Said Yusuf Ali was stabbed to death in Mogadishu on Monday 04 May 2020, the latest in a series of attacks against journalists and media professionals in Somalia.

A knife-wielding man attacked and stabbed the journalist four times outside a shop in Sey Biyano neighborhood in Mogadishu’s Hodan district around 7.30 p.m local time, family sources have said.

He had just covered a story on the murder of a school teacher in Afgoye before he left the TV to his home at 2.p.m,  Mowlid Mohamed Urur, the director of Kalsan TV, a privately owned television where Said Yusuf Ali worked said.

He died on spot and the body was taken to the hospital. Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS), Somali Media Association (SOMA), and Somali Independent Media Houses Association (SIMHA) strongly condemn the killing.

“We, the Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ), Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS), Somali Media Association (SOMA) and Somali Independent Media Houses Association (SIMHA), condemn the murder of our colleague journalist Said Yusuf Ali and send our sincere condolences to his family, colleagues and the entire Somali journalists,” a joint statement from these media organization reads.

Police have told local media that they hold the killer at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Said Yusuf Ali, who was in his 30s is survived by two sons and an expectant wife.

The killing comes against a backdrop of rising threats, intimidation, and harassment by the Somali government. It is extremely worrying that almost all of the attacks against Somali journalists have gone unpunished.

“We call for the Somali government to take urgent action including investigating the perpetrators to ascertain the motive of our colleague’s killing,” Somali media associations say.

On World Press Freedom Day, the Somali media fraternity called for the authorities to end the violence and threats on the journalists.

The fraternity submitted an official protest letter that documented key violations against press freedom to the Offices of Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmaajo), Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, and Minister of Information, Mohamed Abdi Hayir (Maareeye).

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