Wednesday 01 September 2010 SMC
Gedi, 25, was attacked by unknown assailants who stabbed him at least six times at the chest and the legs in Garsoor village. He died from his wounds on his way to the General Hospital of Galkayo, according to his
colleagues at Radio Daljir. His mobile was stolen.
“We deplore the barbaric killing of Abdullahi Omar Gedi. The Puntland authorities must catch and bring to justice the killers and the brains behind Gedi’s killing,” said Burhan Ahmed Dahir, NUSOJ Puntland Coordinator.
The motive of the killing is still unrevealed and no one was arrested for this brutal act, though the police and Puntland Intelligence Service asked questions pedestrians. “Many crimes against journalists were committed with impunity but this time we will not accept justice to evade. We need justice,” Burhan added.
The slaying is the latest in a string of attacks that have raised grave concerns about press freedom in Puntland. Abdifatah Jama Mire, director of Horseed Radio, is still being detained in Bossasso prison and he is serving 6 years jail sentence.
Gedi, who worked for Radio Daljir branch in Galkayo, is the 3rd journalist to be killed in Somalia in a week in this year. Barkhad Awale Adan, Director of Hurmo Radio, was killed on 24 August 2010 in Mogadishu. Veteran journalist Sheik Nur Mohamed Abkey, who worked for Radio Mogadishu, was kidnapped and murdered on 4 May 2010 in Mogadishu. Abdullahi Omar Gedi was newscaster and reporter.
For further information, contact:
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)
Taleex Street, KM4 Area, Hodan District,
Mogadishu, Somalia, tel/fax: +252 1 859 944,