Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health, Arrivals and Agriculture (SOMESHAA) is very sad and sorry the attack attempt by her Secretary General Mr. Daud Abdi Daud who was scaped an attack attempt but wounded by an identified gunmen on Thursday night while he was from town to his home at around 9: 30 PM. SOMESHAA members planed immediate travel accommodation and Mr. Daud will travel to Kampala, Uganda on Saturday morning.
Somali authorities should immediately and thoroughly investigate the attacks that killed people and journalists every week in Mogadishu and hold those responsible to account, the SOMESHAA Supreme council president said Friday. Somalia remains most dangerous for journalists as threats rise globally.
The major threat to journalists’ safety comes from Al-Shabaab armed group, which claimed the two killings of journalists in 2021, while federal government authorities are mostly responsible for the arrest of journalists. The assurances given by the federal government to respect and protect media freedom remain empty promises.
Violence, state impunity and threats to journalists appear to go hand in hand, according to new findings by a press freedom lobby. Media freedom and safety came under systematic attack in 2021, with the killing of two journalists and the arrest of 34 media workers, a shocking new report by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and calls on the authorities to stop undermining media freedom and to take action to end impunity for crimes against media workers.
Since 2013, more than 800 journalists have been beaten, injured, threatened or murdered “for doing their jobs”said SOMESHA Supreme President.