UN should investigate the killing of Somali journalists autonomously

The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) concerns over the wonderful and reckless statements against the Minister of Information, Posts & Telecommunications of Transitional Federal Government (TFG), Abdulkadir Mohamed Ahmed (Jahaweyn) Somali journalist’s fraternity and the UN supported radio station based in Nairobi, Kenya better known as Bar-kulan radio.

On June 22, 2011, the Minister of Information, Posts & Telecommunications of Transitional Federal Government (TFG), issued an statement letter with congratulation and endorsement words on the outcome of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) general assembly conference held in Mogadishu between May 28-29, 2011 and signed by the former Minister of Information, Posts & Telecommunications of Transitional Federal Government (TFG), honorable Abdulkarim H. Jama. Following the rules and regulations of the ministry of Information, Posts & Telecommunications of Transitional Federal Government (TFG) the current minister his excellence Abdulkadir Mohamed Ahmed (Jahaweyn) agreed the former minister and underlined that the legitimate NUSOJ leaders are Mohamed Ibrahim Isack acting as the secretary general and Burhan Ahmed Dahir acting as the president of the supreme council. The UN funded Radio Bar-kulan that has great courage and played vital role for the fight against the violent radicalism activities and the prevention of the religiously motivated violence in Somalia as well as piracy activities across Somali territorial waters made a tremendous relationship within the journalists community in Somalia and endorsed NUSOJ’s current leadership as the legitimate leaders and that is why was accused that Radio Bar Kulan (RBK) violated international labour rights standards and labour laws.

The Malicious Falsehood with its sinister overtones and unsubstantiated allegations of frightful conduct Statements were orchestrated by the former secretary general of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) Omar Faruk Osman along with Yusuf Hassan Isack of the BBC Somali service who is a close relative to Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys a prominent chief of Shabab, an al-Qaeda linked militant group that has waged war against the country’s weak transitional federal government. “Indeed I did not want to respond to these disgraceful and wild allegations which are basically revenge with well-mannered impairment and hope that it will not be working. And I am kindly request them to stop circulating such this hate and defamatory statements with evil motives and uncorroborated claims against Bar-kulan radio and the ministry of Information, Posts & Telecommunications of Transitional Federal Government (TFG). This decent campaign remainds me also a rumours two months before when I was in Mogadishu saying that Yusuf Hassan along with his colleague Yusuf Garad Omar of the BBC-Somali service were been paid for Shabab to renew shabab’s energy through Ogas Abdidahir and this could be true or another related manipulative ploy against our two colleagues so it waits and needs independent and trustable investigation”said Daud Abdi Daud. SOMESHA Secretary General

“I’m aware off that Omar Faruk along with Yusuf Hassan are working on counter measures against some of the Somali journalists based in Nairobi, this measures includes but not limited to bribing some corrupt Kenyan police officers to intimidate Somali journalists in Nairobi also to fabricate moral turpitude charges like rape, theft and drug abuse, and then use that as a vocational blackmailing tool so they should stop it”. Mr. Daud added

The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) joined the call for UN intervention from the International Free-expression Exchange (IFEX) and its entire members in order to investigate the continuing killings against Somali journalists.

Finally, SOMESHA urges all concerned parties especially the United Nations Political Office for Somalia, the United Nations Monitoring Group the UN Human Rights Council to set up an independent commission of inquiry into the murder of journalists in Somalia and immediately initiate a fact finding mission to gather all relevant facts about NUSOJ’s legitimacy, and then act accordingly.

SOMESHA RECOMMENDATIONS;

All the international media and human rights organizations want to know the current Somali media and journalists state of unity should contact the below local and international organizations:

1. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

2. The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRDP)

3. Center for Research and Dialogue (CRD)

4. Elman Human Rights Center 5. African Democracy Forum (ADF)

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