By Tom Rhodes/CPJ East Africa Consultant
Spirits of journalists in Somalia, the most dangerous country in Africa to practice the profession, were lifted slightly this week after Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon made several auspicious announcements.
The key concern on the minds of journalists in the capital, Mogadishu, is access to justice-both in terms of journalists’ own court appearances and in terms of solving the many outstanding murder cases of their colleagues.
Twelve journalists were killed in the line of duty last year, the worst on record, and there hasn’t been a single prosecution.
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