IFJ: Journalist stabbed to death in Mogadishu

Published: May 5, 2020

Journalist Said Yusuf Ali, working for the privately owned Kalsan TV, was stabbed to death in Mogadishu’s Hodan district on May 4. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemn this heinous crime and urge the authorities to deliver justice.

Said Yusuf, 30, was stabbed 4 times by a man on his way back home after work. The police said that the suspected killer is currently being detained while a further search is underway for a woman suspected of being involved in the crime. Police officials referred to the case as a “calculated killing”.

Said Yusuf Ali, who leaves behind a wife and 2 children, is the second journalist to be killed in Somalia so far in 2020, after the murder of journalist Abdulwali Ali Hassan on February 16.

NUSOJ General Secretary, Omar Faruk Osman, said: “We strongly condemn this barbaric act and demand the government to arrest all the culprits at the earliest and bring them to justice. The killing of Said Yusuf Ali is another blow for the journalistic community in Somalia and our thoughts today are with his family”.

IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “It’s outrageous that another journalist is murdered just one day after the World Press Freedom Day. We call on the Somali authorities to investigate this crime and bring all the murderers to justice”.

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