Pakistan Press Foundation is concerned over the murder of Mohamed Ali reporter of Radio Shabelle in Somalia

 Photo: Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP In this photo taken Saturday, March 22, 2014, Somali journalist Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali Haji, ,left, stands in radio Shabelle compound in Mogadishu, Somalia. Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali Haji, a reporter for Shabelle radio, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on his way to home in the north of the capital city, said Abdirizak Turyare, a producer at the radio station

Photo: Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP
In this photo taken Saturday, March 22, 2014, Somali journalist Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali Haji, ,left, stands in radio Shabelle compound in Mogadishu, Somalia. Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali Haji, a reporter for Shabelle radio, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on his way to home in the north of the capital city, said Abdirizak Turyare, a producer at the radio station

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.

According to a dispatch, 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.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.