Radio Mogadishu Producer Killed

Sagal Salad Osman, who was a producer and on-air presenter for state-run news outlet Radio Mogadishu, was shot and killed in the city by three gunmen Sunday, June 5, according to Reuters, Voice of America and other outlets.
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Sagal Salad Osman, who was a producer and on-air presenter for state-run news outlet Radio Mogadishu, was shot and killed in the city by three gunmen Sunday, June 5, according to Reuters, Voice of America and other outlets.

The motive was unknown, but the Committee to Protect Journalists says that members of state-run media are regularly threatened by militants there.

Radio Mogadishu has paid a steep price. According to CPJ, four journalists and one media worker affiliated with the news outlet have been killed since 2010 in incidents found to be directly related to their work.

"Somalia has long been among the worst offenders for allowing the killings of journalists to go uninvestigated and unpunished," said CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney in a statement. "Sagal Salad Osman's death comes as a painful reminder of that legacy of impunity, and we call on Somali authorities to bring her killers to justice."

The killing came the same day an NPR photojournalist and his interpreter were killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Afghanistan.

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