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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Tom Rhodes
East Africa Consultant


  1. Do we really know what exactly are we talking about? Where there is no order and low, there will be no justice.
    Where there is no peace, there is no beauty. Somalia is where everyone is going to undermine the other and every one expects the death of the other. Amison is there in Mogadisho just to contain Alshabab iwthin Somalia. T

  2. Of course people arround the world demand and expect information based on facts. A weak propaganda news is out of question… ( Fair neutral information).
    Freedom of opinion is also undeniable human rights.

    Why journalists get killed every where in te world ?
    1- Wicked politicians see journalists as un enemy. journalists can threaten the existence of a political persons.
    2- Some these journalists are SPIES used by forgoing powers.
    3- Some journalists are NOT fair enough to report in a neutral way.
    4- others are intruders………… They try to blackmail some leaders…….
    That is why they are cheap VICTIMS.