MOGADISHU – Somali journalist unions joined the world in commemorating the International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists, amid pressures on freedom of expression and media freedom.
Impunity for crimes of violence against journalists has always been the norm in Somalia.
Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu, Secretary-General Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ) has urged Somali government to take actions to prevent the increased human rights violations against journalists.
Moalimu says Media freedom is still a massive challenge in many regions of Somalia
He added the problem is compounded by the high prevalence of impunity for crimes against journalists.
Meanwhile, Somali government says it would continue to serve justice against any individual or official who engages in any form of infringement towards journalists in Somalia.
“This remains our pledge to the press even on this occasion of International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists”.
Somalia tops the list of impunity index for the fifth year in a row according to CPJ’ annual Global Impunity Index.