Sunday, June 5, 2016
MOGADISHU (HOL) – Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a female journalist working for the state-run radio and television on Sunday afternoon in the Somali capital, police said.
Sagal Salad Osman, a producer with the state-run media outlets was killed when armed men approached her outside a university in Mogadishu and opened fire.
Witnesses told HOL that the victim who was shot more than six times later died at a hospital in the city.
Osman is the first journalist killed in Somalia this year. Four journalists including a female producer with the state media were also killed in the horn of Africa nation last year.
Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud condemned the murder of Ms. Osman, vowing his government would work hard to ‘find’ perpetrators to face justice.
The war-racked horn of Africa nation has routinely been ranked highest on CPJ's impunity index for unsolved murders in recent years with journalists must watch their backs for attacks from militants and criminals and fight through judicial inaction and even outright hostility from officials.
Despite a relative stability in the Somali capital since the ouster of Islamist militants, journalists remain a common target for criminals in Somalia.