A Somali radio journalist was shot dead on Tuesday in the capital Mogadishu by unknown gunmen on motorbikes, the BBC reported this week.
Abdiaziz Ali was the host of morning news program for Radio Shabelle, a fierce critic of both the government and terrorist group Al-Shabab.
In New York, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has vehemently reacted to the assassination of Ali, calling on the government to thoroughly and credibly investigate this senseless killing and swiftly bring his killers to justice.
“The killing of Ali must not be allowed to become yet another statistic in a country notorious for not bringing journalists’ murderers to justice,” Murithi Mutiga, CPJ East Africa representative, said in a statement posted on the organisation’s website.
“We urge Somali authorities to leave no stone unturned in determining the motive for Abdiaziz’s and Sagal’s killings and finding and prosecuting those responsible.”
This is the second journalist to be killed this year, CPJ said, adding that in June, Radio Mogadishu journalist Sagal Salad Osman was fatally shot as she left her university campus.
CPJ ranked Somalia has been ranked as the worst offender by the CPJ 2015 Global Impunity Index, which documents countries where journalists are slain and killers go free.
Photo: Slain Somali journalist Abdiaziz Ali. credit: courtesy of AP