Somali government has condemned the fatal shooting of radio journalist Abdiaziz Ali who was killed in Mogadishu on Tuesday evening. Mohamed Abdi Mareeye, Somali minister for information has blamed the Killings of the journalist for Al-Shabaab saying Somali government will bring the killers of Ali to the justice. “We condemn this barbaric killing of Abdiaziz Ali who was serving the public, the government will make sure to bring the perpetrators to book,” said Mareeye.
In a statement, National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has also condemned the killing and asked the Somali government to urgently investigate the incident and punish the perpetrators. The motive for the killing was not immediately apparent, and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Ali is the second journalist killed in Somalia this year. In June this year, Sagal Salad Osman, a female producer for the state-run radio station was killed in Mogadishu as she left her university campus. Ali’s burial is expected to take place in one of Mogadishu’s cemeteries on Wednesday morning, according to his family.
Somalia is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers. Rights groups say both Islamic extremists and the government have reason to target them. The Committee to Protect Journalists says 59 journalists have been killed in Somalia since 1992, shortly after this Horn of Africa nation plunged into chaos.