Special Representative of Secretary-General regrets killing of Somali journalist

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Nicholas Kay (UN Photo/Tobin Jones)

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has expressed sorrow over the killing of Libaan Abdullahi Farah 'Qaran', a reporter of Somali Kalsan TV based in Gaalkacyo.

Reports suggest that he was shot dead Sunday night while returning home from duty.

This is the fifth journalist to be murdered in the country this year.

Special Representative Kay noted that this is a potentially tense period in Puntland ahead of local elections and he called for restraint on the part of all political actors.

He also underscored the importance of protecting journalists and defending the freedom of the press.

The Special Representative said UNSOM, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, is dedicated to working with Somali authorities to strengthen the security and justice sectors in order to ensure that Somalia is safe and that perpetrators of violent crime are brought to justice.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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