Top UN envoy in Somalia condemns murders of journalists

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Augustine Mahiga

The recent targeted attacks on journalists in Somalia have been strongly condemned by the top United Nations envoy in the Horn of Africa country.

This week one journalist was shot dead and another was critically injured.

Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga the head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) says these attacks must stop and the crimes must be fully investigated by the Somali and Somaliland authorities.

Donn Bobb reports.

Ahmed Saakin Farah Ilyas, a correspondent with Universal TV was shot dead in the town of Las-Anod in the Sool region on Tuesday.

Another journalist, Mohamed Mohamud Tuuryare, working for the Shabelle media network in Mogadishu was shot on Sunday and is still in critical condition.

The UN envoy in Somalia, Dr. Augustine Mahiga says these attacks are "horrific", and warns that trying to silence the media will have a devastating effect on what he calls the nation's "vibrant media community".

He urges the Somali authorities to bolster their criminal investigation capacity and bring the perpetrators to justice, adding that UNPOS is ready to assist in that.

According to UNPOS, sixteen Somali journalists have been killed this year and more than 20 others reportedly injured in the country.

The Horn of Africa country is reportedly one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists to work.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 53″

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