SRSG Mahiga's statement on killing of media worker
Mogadishu, 25 March 2013 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga is shocked and saddened by the killing of Rahma Abdulkadir, a media worker with Abduwaq radio.
Unknown attackers reportedly armed with pistols shot and killed Ms. Abdulkadir in Yaqshid district, Mogadishu last night.
“I condemn this hideous attack in the strongest terms and send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rahma Abdulkadir” SRSG Mahiga said.
“Somalia continues to be one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists to operate. This negative picture needs to change. I call on the recently-formed Independent Task Force on Human Rights and the law enforcement organs to ensure that the perpetrators are brought swiftly to justice to stop this impunity”. SRSG Mahiga added.
Eighteen journalists were killed in direct or indirect attacks in 2012 while Rahma Abdulkadir is the first woman and third media professional to be killed in 2013.
“The Somali media community has proved its courage and resilience throughout the years. Somalia has moved to a new era where freedom of expression is guaranteed in the provisional constitution and the Government has committed to safeguarding human rights, and, in particular, the protection of vulnerable groups, including journalists. I call on the assailants to stop this senseless violence.” SRSG Mahiga said.