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June 6, 2016

Woman radio journalist gunned down in Mogadishu

Somali soldiers and members of the press stand at the scene of car bomb, in Mogadishu on April 11, 2016 - MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB / AFP
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply shocked by radio producer and presenter Sagal Salad Osman’s murder yesterday in Mogadishu and calls on the authorities to do what is necessary to quickly identify her killers and bring them to justice.

Sagal Salad Osman, who worked for state-owned Radio Mogadishu, was shot by gunmen in the capital’s Hodon district, near the university. No group has claimed responsibility but her murder has the hallmarks of yet another targeted killing by Al-Shabaab, an Islamist rebel militia that has slain many journalists in the past.

Sagal Salad Osman


The most recent previous media victim was also a woman journalist working for Radio Mogadishu, who was killed by a car bomb in December. Before that, a news website reporter was gunned down in September.


“Sagal Salad Osman joins the long list of Somali journalists who have been killed in recent years,” RSF said. “The government must react to the extraordinary level of terrorism and violence that is consuming Somalia. We ask the authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation in order to shed light on this appalling murder and bring those responsible to justice.”


Somalia is ranked 167th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index.