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Somalia:Journalist Attacked

A journalist working for Radio Galkayo,Awil Mohamud Abdi was attacked by unknown gunmen in Galkayo, Puntland on Friday, 2nd August.Armed men followed Awil from his work place to his home.Moments after arriving home the gunmen repeatedly shot at his bedroom window. The shooting left multiple holes in his bedroom wall and bullets on the floor.There was no claim of responsibility for the assassination attempt.However it is suspected that Al-Shabaab fighters could have a role in the shooting.The terrorist group had recently singled out a number of Galkayo journalists over their coverage of targeted killings in the town. The attack could also be related to intimidation by some politicians as the Parliamentary elections in Puntland draw near.Somalia remains one of the most states for journalists.

On 25 June, African Union’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Pansy Tlakula urged states in Eastern Africa to do more to ensure the safety and protection of journalists who work in some of the world’s most dangerous regions. She said that states have not done enough to ensure journalists are secure and this has contributed to increased attacks since perpetrators are rarely held accountable.

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