PUNTLANDI EDITORIAL: Somali Journalists in a “Do or Die” Situation

Galkayo(Puntlandi)—-“The United Nations General Assembly declared 3 May to be World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”

The blood of Journalists in Somalia is shed with out fear and excuse in every single time by unknown barbaric bloodsuckers.

Somalia is the worst country that the right of Journalists is preserved, even worse than Iraq, where once was the number one place the violation of journalist rights happen.

Journalists in Somalia don’t have protection either from the governments, even their clans . They are being killed brutally in every city in Somalia, mainly lawless cities; Mogadishu and Galkayo.

To kill a journalist in Somalia is very simple; to have a gun and a turban to rub around your heard . No fear and hesitation from murderer , even he could easily manage to live in vicinity of society after unveiling him self.

These days Journalists seem to be targeted only for what they say , or their daily practice of being gatekeepers. No body can say the killers are one group.. …

Galkayo a city locates a green line zone between two hostile people becomes the butchering scene of journalists. Within two months period two prominent and active journalists slain.

No party, either from government or main stream society has uttered a word on the killing of innocent young journalists except simple condolence and prayers.

Journalists work in a very risk environment . Very few journalists remain in Galkayo who dared to operate in a situation between life and death, and even those who remain in Galkayo would be in a hesitation to flee or not, while others fled to neighboring countries ; Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia

When journalists are being killed in any place in Somalia, authorities promise culprits would brought to justice, but no one has been brought onto justice, but when a parliamentarian or government member or even businessman being killed some thing is done and sometimes perpetrators brought to justice.

Would you say that, Journalists are fleeing or dying because of their lack of protection? May be that is true…

There are two joices among journalists and authorities to protect the precious lives of Somali Journalists; The first is Journalists to control their contents and news stories and to put their lives on first priority , and the other one is governments to make plans to give journalists full protection.


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