Young Female Journalist Shot Dead in Somalia

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A young Somali journalist was killed was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Mogadishu on Sunday.

Sagal Salad Osman, who worked as a presenter and producer for the state-run Radio Mogadishu, was shot outside a university in the west of the city and died instantly, according to her colleagues. Osman is the first journalist to be killed in Somalia this year.

 

Motive unknown

It’s not known why Osman was targeted in the attack and nobody has claimed responsibility at this stage. The gunmen fled the scene immediately after shooting the young journalist, according to Omar Faruk Osman, Secretary-General of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).

“Sagal Osman was gunned down by unknown assailants in Hodan District as she was leaving a local university … the gunmen fled from the scene immediately,” he told VOA.

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud also condemned her murder in a statement on Monday. Meanwhile, colleagues spoke of their shock at the news:

“One of my colleagues, Sagal Salad Osman, was shot dead near a university at Hodon district. She died instantly and the perpetrators have escaped after the shooting,” said Ali Abdulkadir, who works at the same station.

“It was shocking, I was told she has been studying at the university nearby where she was killed. This is horrible indeed,” said Mohamed Salad.

 

One of the most dangerous countries for journalists

Somalia is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for media officials. The country is ranked 172 on a list of 180 countries for press freedom by Reporters without Borders. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 45 Somali journalists have been murdered since 2007, not including Osman.

It’s not always clear who attacks journalists in Somalia. Terrorist group Al-Shabaab is the most notorious offender but it has a tendency to claim responsibility for its attacks. Warlords, criminal and even government agents have been suspected of violence against journalists in the country, making it one of the most dangerous professions in Somalia.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.