NETWORK 2013 – FORUM FOR SOMALI MEDIA STATEMENT ON MARKING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS

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MOGADISHU (2nd November 2015) As the world marks ‘international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists’ on Monday (today) under the banner of United Nations, the Somali Journalists continue to work in an environment full of serious threats.
Since 1992 as many as 58 journalists have been killed in the line of duty in Somalia and the killers were convicted in only one case of Hassan Yusuf Absuge. Dozens of journalists were injured in gun attacks while more than hundred fled the country for safety.
According to committee to protect journalists (CPJ) Somalia has been listed world’s number one country where journalists are killed with impunity. In yesterday’s attack on Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu, One journalist was killed and another injured when a group of Al Shabab fighters attacked the hotel.
According to the statistical analysis issued by Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 98% of murder cases of Somali journalists were complete impunity.
As the murder and intimidation of Somali journalists continue to increase gradually, the Somali government is unable or unwilling to investigate the attacks.
Network 2013 joins the media fraternity in Somalia and the world over today’s commemoration of international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists’ in strongly calling for an end to impunity for crimes against journalists.
Network 2013 condemns in the strictest terms all atrocities against journalists as barbaric and heinous acts aimed to silence Somali media and also urges the Federal Parliament to expeditiously pass the Media Bill taking into consideration wide consultations from the media to ensure the law provides legal safeguards for journalists as free media is an essential component of democracy and promotion of transparency and accountability, it is imperative that the media operates under a free and safe environment to ensure their vibrant and positive contribution to the society.
Network 2013 calls on the Federal Government of Somalia to put up proper security measures to ensure journalists are not targeted and subjected to any form of crimes. We also urge the Somali government to investigate all killings of journalists past and present and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Network 2013 is grateful to all governments and other independent institutions who have given support to Somali media and Somali journalists.

Note to Editors:
Network 2013 – Somali Media Forum : Was founded in Kampala at 13 February 2013 by 24 Radio Stations across Somalia and Signed the basic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Network , The purpose of the Network is to promote the principles of a free, independent and professional Somali media dedicated to advancing peace, reconciliation and democratic values, and in particular to strengthen the capacity of radio stations as public service providers for the Somali community, thereby contributing to peace, reconciliation and development. the Members of the Radio Station include:-Radio Risaala, Radio Kulmiye, , Radio Mustaqbal, Radio Gool, Radio Hurmo, Radio Iftin, Radio Wadaag, Radio Kasmo, Radio Star Fm Somalia, Radio Al Nur, Radio IQK, Radio Star Fm Kenya, Radio Daljir, Radio Codka Nabadda, Radio Garowe, Radio Abud-waq. Radio Dhusamareb, Radio Voice of Central Regions, Radio Galgadud, Radio Warsan, Radio Baido, Radio Hiiran Weyn Radio Voice of Mudug, Radio Jowhar The Nework 2013 is Supported by FOJO Media Institute, International Media support (IMS), Also the Network 2013 is member of the Somalia South-Central Non-State Actors (SOSCENSA) and The Global Forum for Media Development(GFMD) is an international network of media assistance groups, for more information please check, www.network2013.org or Email:- info@network2013.org