NUSOJ Welcomes Somali Prime Minister’s Pledge for Justice to the Somali Journalists

rw_saacid_lakulmay_warbaahintaMogadishu, 17 February, 2013 | The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the Somali  Prime Minister’s pledge for justice both the slain journalists and the  jailed journalist during meeting with the Somali Journalists and the  media representatives on Saturday 16 February, 2013 held at the prime  Minister’s office at Villa Somalia.

Journalists’ leaders and media representatives met with the Somali  Prime Minister, Abdi  farah Shirdoon at his office at Villa Somalia in   a roundtable meeting. The minister of Information, Posts and   Telecommunication, Abdullahi Elmoge Hersi and his deputy, Abdishakur   Mire were also present at the meeting.

The Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists   (NUSOJ), Mohamed Ibrahim who spoke on behalf of the Somali Journalists  at large raised the concerns of the Somali Journalists including  getting justice for the slain colleague, the working conditions of the  Somali journalists and getting fair trail for Abdilaziz Abdinur who  was sentenced to one year in prison.

Somali prime minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon, responded to the concerns  raised by the Union’s Secretary General and pledged justice for the  slain journalists and the jailed journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim.

“I respect the important work you do in Somalia in what are often  extremely difficult circumstances and I understand your concern,” the
Prime Minister said. “One journalist killed is one journalist too  many. We don’t want any to be killed.”

The Prime Minister said the government would provide a reward of  $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of any person involved  in the murders of the slain journalists.

Regarding the case of Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, the prime minister  said that, “after listening to your concerns, I will personally stand  for making sure journalist Abdilasis gets a fair trail in the appeals  court.”

The appeals court set 20 February, 2013 for the trail hearing of the  appeal of Abdilasis against the one year prison term.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the prime  minister’s pledge for justice to the slain Somali journalists and his  personal commitment for justice for the trail of Abdiaziz Abdinur  Ibrahim.

“We welcome the prime minister, Abdi Farah Shirdoon’s assurances for  justice and respect for the freedom of the press and the freedom of
expression.” Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union  of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said, “We urge the trail of the jailed
journalist be conducted without political interference.”

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For further information, contact:
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)
Press House, Taleex Street, KM4 Area, Hodan District,
Mogadishu, Somalia, Tel: +252 1 859 944,
e-mail: nusoj@nusoj.org.so
/ newsletter@nusoj.org.so

Internet: http://www.nusoj.org.so

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