Update 19 September 2018
HM__Austria Office We strongly condemn the horrific murder of a local radio journalist following brutal knife attack in Galkayo of Mudug region in central Somalia.
Journalist Abdirisak Sa’id Osman, reporter for privately owned Radio Voice of Peace in Galkayo, was slashed in the back and heart on Tuesday, 18 September, around 23hrs local time, as he was walking from the premises of the radio station. Osman, seen bypasser while unconsciously laying on the ground, was rushed to Mudug Regional Hospital (MRH) where he was operated but pronounced dead few minutes after 3am, according to Ahmed Mohamed Ali (Aano Geel), Editor-Chief of Radio Voice of Peace.
No witnesses have come forward for the murder of Abdirisak Sa’id Osman who nicknamed “Wadani”, and the motive for the attack is still unknown. Some Galkayo journalist believe the attack on the journalist, is retaliation for recent revelation of insecurity situation of the Galkayo which was created by Al-Shabaab elements.
Samiir Xasan Adan Writter Hobyomedia.com and Member of Amnesty international Austria Group Rohrbach Upper Austria
This is a shocking murder and we demand the government gives top priority to bringing the killer to justice. We are tired of few meaningless words of regret and a cursory inquiry. Family and colleagues of Abdirisak Sa’id Osman must receive justice
Journalists offers its condolences to Abdirisak Sa’id Osman’s family for the profound loss. “Each year, journalists in Galkayo are assaulted, threatened, abused and harassed, most often for doing their job. Local authorities must ensure that the killers are arrested and prosecuted as soon as possible” said Samiir Xasan Adan Freelance investigative Journalist and Writter Hobyomedia.com
Journalist Abdirisak Sa’id Osman, 30, was buried this morning in Galkayo. He is the second journalist to be murdered in Somalia in this year. Somalia is One Of The The Most Dangerous Countries For Journalists