Somali journalists condemn the killing of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

MOGADISHU (AXADLE) Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) and Somali Media Association (SOMA) today joined a silent protest to condemn the brutal killing of al-Jazeera Arab journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, shot and killed by Israeli forces during his task in Jenin city on the West Bank.

During Friday’s protest, SJS and SOMA leaders marched with journalists and editors to march on the main street of Maka al-Mukarama in Mogadishu as they strongly condemned the relentless shooting of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

“Today we mourn in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Al-Jazeera Network as we mourn the loss of their fellow journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, who was brutally attacked and killed in Jenin on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. She was clearly wearing her ‘PRESS’ vest when she was killed, “said Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, secretary general of the Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS). “Journalism is not a crime. We condemn the Israeli forces that killed Shireen Abu Akleh. We call for an independent investigation to bring the killers to justice.”

“We are shocked that even journalists wearing clearly marked vests with the ‘PRESS’ logo are being targeted and shot dead. We condemn this attack as an attack on all journalists in the world,” said Mohamed Osman Makaran, Secretary General of Somali media. Association (SOMA) said. “There is no state that can act on the law. Israeli forces that killed Shireen Abu Akleh must be held accountable.”

Female journalists also took part in the protest, calling the assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh a violation of international laws and norms.

“Any attack on a journalist is unacceptable. Female journalists are particularly targeted in many parts of the world. We mourn the death of Shireen Abu Akleh. We want to see justice for her family and the perpetrators are held accountable,” said female senior journalist Filsan Abdirahman. , while speaking to the media covering the protest in Mogadishu.

“An attack on a single journalist is an attack on all journalists. That is why we are protesting here in Mogadishu today. Those who shot journalist Shireen Abu Akleh must be held accountable, even if they try to cover it up,” Samira Abdiaziz , a female freelance journalist told reporters.

SJS and SOMA express their sincere condolences to the family of Shireen Abu Akleh in Palestine and her Al-Jazeera colleagues around the world.

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