Somalia: As Impunity Reigns in Somalia, President Takes Note
International Freedom of Expression
December 7, 2012 Markacadeey
In October, two gunmen shot Shabelle Media Network reporter Mohamed Mohamud as
he left a mosque one evening; he died from the gunshot wounds less than one week
later. Several members of the Somali armed forces who happened to be at the
scene opened fire on his assailants, local journalists said, but Mohamed's
killers have still not been identified.
The same applies for the 12 Somali journalists killed in the direct line of duty
CPJ has documented this year - the deadliest we have ever recorded. "All the
killings had something in common: seeming impunity for the perpetrators," writes
the U.N.'s political head for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, on his personal blog.
"Although a few arrests were made by authorities, they seemingly never led to
conviction and punishment."
There is one sign of hope: Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud recently said
a task force would be set up under the guidance of Prime Minister Abdi Farah
Shirdon to investigate all cases involving the killing of journalists. "The era
of impunity must stop immediately," the new president was quoted as saying in