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PPF is concerned over the murder of Mohamed Ali reporter of Radio Shabelle in Somalia

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, Prime Minister of Somalia expressed concern over the murder of Abdiasis Mohamed Ali reporter of Radio Shabelle.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged the government of Somalia to order for the swift action against investigating the reason of murder of Mohamed Ali and bring the killers to book. PPF also urges your government to follow precautionary measures for safety of media workers in Somalia.

According to African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), Mohammad Ali was shot on September 27, by unidentified armed men in Mogadishu. He was also known as Haji in his area. He had been associated with Radio Shabelle for more than seven years. Police and the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) had arrested him at various times in connection of his journalism.

The motive of his murder has not clear yet. However, he is the second journalist murdered this year in Somalia. Previously, in June of this year Sagal Salad a female journalist with Somali National Television station (SNTV) was also murdered. It has been four months of her murder but her killers not arrested and prosecuted for their brutal act.

The journalist community in Mogadishu is alarmed by his murder and there is a widespread concern that journalists are at risk due to upcoming indirect national elections for politically motivated assassins to eliminate defenseless journalists to send a political message.

Media personnel in Somalia have been pursuing their duties under the dangerous environment.