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Somalia – Murder of a media professional (October 31, 2012)

France strongly condemns the murder of the satirist and musician, Warsame Shire Awale, on October 29. We extend our condolences to his loved ones as well as to his colleagues at the private radio station Radio Kulmiye.

It’s unacceptable that journalists and media professionals are giving their lives to carry out their work in Somalia.

We renew our appeal to the Somali authorities to put an end to the violence faced by media professionals. They must be able to keep the public informed without fearing for their safety.

A free and independent press is essential to democracy and to establishing the rule of law in Somalia.


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