HRJ Condemns the murder of radio journalist in Galkaio

The Human Rights Journalist (HRJ) condemns the murder of Somali radio journalist stabbed to death in Galkayo town and demands Somali authorities to investigate the killing and ensure justice is done.

Journalist Abdirisak Sa’id Osman, reporter for privately owned Radio Voice of Peace in Galkayo, was slashed in the back and heart on Tuesday night as he was walking from the premises of the radio station, his colleague told HRJ.

According to the director of Radio Voice of Peace Ahmed Aano Geel told HRJ that Osman was slashed several times in the back and heart by unknown assailants as he left the radio station. Osman was rushed to Mudug Regional Hospital where he died during life-saving operation.

The motive of the attack unclear and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Galkaio is notorious place where many several journalists were killed or wounded in the past.

“It’s unfortunate that the culture of impunity still persists in Somalia despite calls from press freedom advocates that urged FG of Somalia and member states to protect media practitioners and punish those responsible for attacks against journalists”. Said HRJ Chairman Ismail Sheikh Khalifa.

Osman, 30, is the second journalist to be murdered in Somalia in this year. A twenty years old TV journalist Abdirisak Qasim was shot and killed in Mogadishu by a policeman.

HRJ strongly denounces the horrific murder of Abdirisak Said and appeals to the Puntland authorities to bring the assassins to justice.