The National Union of Somali Journalists has launched a campaign for justice and entered its ninth day, following the murder of Somali journalist, Late Abdisalan Sheik Hassan (Hiis). The Journalists’ union, media executives, editors, prominent member journalists had taken part the campaign, which was the first of its kind ever held by the Somali media fraternity and showed the unity and the strength of the Somali journalists.
The move, which has passed on different stages with the outcry loudly heard, has brunt a significant development.
On Tuesday 27 December,, A national level media committee composed of members from the National Union of Somali Journalists, heads of media houses and union campaigners have met with Somalia’s President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed at the Presidential palace in Mogadishu over the murder of the journalist.
Today’s meeting follows after the National level committee representing the whole different sectors of the media have sent a letter to the president on Monday delegated by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) requesting a meeting followed by Sunday’s event which Somali journalists gathered at in front of the presidential palace to express their feelings over the loss of prominent journalist, late Abdisalan Sheik Hassan (Hiis) and calling for justice to the murderer.
The journalists’ leaders have expressed their concerns over the murderers being behind the killing of the journalist to President Sheik Sharif Sheik and submitted their call for justice being the head of state.
NUSOJ Secretary General, Mohamed Ibrahim, who spoke on behalf of the joint media committee thanked for the president for his acceptance to meet with the Somali journalists and Media representatives. He also thanked for the president to the government swift response for their call for justice and the role it had played in launching the immediate investigations which good development has been made so far. Mr. Ibrahim also briefed the overall conditions of the Somali journalists to the president and requested the Somali government to double their efforts in getting justice for the murder case.
President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed first sent his sincere condolences to the families, friends and the entire Somali media community. The President, after briefly describing what he knew about late Abdisalan Hiis and he said that investigations are underway which he appointed for a national commission and pledged that “Soon after investigations are completed, the murderers will face justice.” President Sharif also urged the journalists to be calm and wait until the investigations are completed.
The president also re-affirmed to the journalists’ leaders, “The Somali government has guaranteed the press freedom and freedom of expression, safety and the security of the working journalists.”
Somali journalists held a national funeral ceremony and showed their feelings through campaigns. The journalists performed a walk event at Hamarjajab neighborhood on December 22, 2011, followed by other campaigns the next Friday and Sunday.