Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Somali Journalists killing condemned

Press Camera with blood stain
  By PFJ Reporter in Mogadishu
Mogadishu Media House (MMHouse) has condemned  in the strongest terms possible the double killing of journalists Muhamud Buneyste and Yusuf Ali Osman (Fareey) in Mogadishu.
The death of the journalists barely comes hours of each other, painting the worsening state of affairs that continues to befall journalists in Somalia. This is further aggravated by the indifference portrayed by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia as it fails to prosecute perpetrators of this injustice.
“Mogadishu has become a grave yard for journalists because the TFG is encouraging impunity as it is yet to bring to books the assailants that have in 2012 alone claimed lives of 9 Somali news makers. The government has failed the fourth estate and we appeal to the international community to intervene, “stated MMH Director, Abdullahi Hassan Black.
The late Fareey who served as Somali Tennis Federation Vice President for 8 years was one of the founding members of the Somali Sports Press Association in 1997. The veteran journalist was gunned down by unidentified men on Sunday morning on his way to the ministry of information where he served as a consultant.

Hours after Farey’s burial, 22-year-old Buneyste was hit by stray bullets as he attempted to take pictures of a car accident outside Stadium Mogadishu in Yaqshid district. At the time of his death, Mr Buneyste worked for Voice of Democracy Radio and also served as a webmaster for www.horyaalmedia.com.
“We are saddened by the heinous act allegedly carried out by government soldiers, MMHouse, condoles with the bereaved family and friends of Farey and Buneyste,”

As an non-profit –non-governmental -organization charged with protection of journalists -by providing accommodation, securing movement and release , news production platform and technical support-we appeal to the international community and development partners to promote the efforts and activities of media advocacy programs in Somalia.

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