Gang stabs Somali radio journalist to death

A Somali radio journalist, Abdirisak Saed Osman, has been stabbed to death by a gang near his home in Galkayo in the central region of Mudug.

Osman, 30, a reporter for the Somali-language radio station Radio Voice of Peace (Radio Vodka Nabada), died on his way to the main hospital in Galkayo after the attack on Tuesday (18 September).

The National Union of Somali Journalists (Nusoj) said it condemned “the brutal murder” of Osman in the knife attack.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the killing.

According to the Media Association of Puntland (MAP), four suspects were immediately arrested in connection with the attack.

“Mudug’s regional authorities alongside the Puntland state administration must meticulously investigate Abdirisak’s killing, including whether his journalism profession could have been the motive’’, said MAP chair Mohamed Dahir Warsame.

The US-based Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) said it was investigating the death.

Osman is the second media worker to be killed in Somalia this year.

In July, Abdirizak Kasim Iman, a cameraman for SBS TV, was shot dead in Mogadishu.

Somalia, according to Freedom House, is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

Farah Yussuf is a Digital Reporter with Star FM Kenya. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Masinde Muliro University.

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