SOLJA condemns killing of Somaliland journalist

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Ahmed Farah Ilyas was shot outside his houseBy: Staff writer

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The  Somaliland journalists Association SOLJA is shocked by the murder of a UniversalTV  journalist and members of SOLJA BOD in the central Laasanod town of the Sool Regionon last Tuesday. The killing is part of a string of attacks against journalists in Somaliland.

The governor of Sool region said assailants shot to death the journalist around 10:00pm local time, October 23, 2012. The journalist, identified as Ahmed Saakin Farah Ilyas was shot near his home in Laasanod.

The assailants immediately escaped from the scene, though the town’s security forces reportedly chased and killed one of the assailants.

It is not yet clear the reason behind the killing and no group has yet to claim.  In a statement released by SOLJa, the Secretary General, Mohamed Rashid condemns teh killing and calls for an urgent investigation into the killing.  “The targeted killings against the journalists is only meant to silence the voice of the Somaliland journalists who are giving voice to the voiceless, therefore, we call for the government to investigate the murders against the journalists and bring to an end this culture of impunity on the rise.

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