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Getting Away With Murder

CPJ’s 2016 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free

By Elisabeth Witchel, CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant

Published October 27, 2016.

Some of the highest rates of impunity in the murders of journalists can be attributed to killings by Islamist militant groups, CPJ found in its latest Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go free. The worst country for the second year in a row is Somalia, where the militant group al-Shabaab is suspected in the majority of media murders, followed by Iraq and Syria, where members of the militant group Islamic State murdered at least six journalists in the past year.

Case   |   Somalia

Al-Jazeera crew detained for 2 days in Somalia

A crew from international broadcaster Al-Jazeera were detained on October 18, 2016, shortly after returning to Mogadishu from assignment, and released on October 20.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Somalia closes newspaper, arrests editor

Nairobi, October 17, 2016 -- Somali authorities should immediately release the editor of Xog Ogaal newspaper and allow the newspaper to resume publishing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officers from Somalia's National Intelligence Agency raided the newspaper's office and arrested its editor on October 15, according to press freedom advocates and press reports.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Journalist held without charge in Somaliland

Nairobi, September 28, 2016--Authorities in Somaliland should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Ahmed Mouse Sakaaro, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Somaliland police arrested Sakaaro in the eastern town of Buroa on September 25, according to local journalists and a statement by a local human rights body.

September 28, 2016 2:22 PM ET

Alerts   |   Somalia

Somali journalist Abdiaziz Ali killed in Mogadishu

Nairobi, September 27, 2016 -- Somali authorities should thoroughly and credibly investigate this evening's fatal shooting of radio journalist Abdiaziz Ali and swiftly bring his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia, Somalia

Ethiopian police arrest Somaliland journalist

Nairobi, July 1, 2016 - Ethiopian authorities should immediately release a television journalist from the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland, Muktar Nuh Ibrahim, who has been held since June 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Police raid, close independent radio station in Puntland

Nairobi, June 30 2016 -- Authorities in the Puntland region of Somalia should immediately reopen an independent radio station closed in a police raid and ensure its journalists' safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Somalia

Journalist shot and killed in Mogadishu

New York, June 6, 2016--Somali authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing on Sunday of journalist Sagal Salad Osman and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Staff of Somaliland newspapers face charges

Nairobi, April 22, 2016 - Authorities in Somaliland should immediately drop all legal charges against journalists for their work and ensure that they can do their jobs without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least three journalists in the semi-autonomous region are expected to stand trial on Saturday, while a reporter has been jailed for a week without charge

Alerts   |   Somalia

In Somaliland, authorities order newspaper to close down

Nairobi, March 31, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland to reopen the daily Codka Shacabka (The Voice of the People). The attorney general's office issued an order March 24 for the privately owned paper to immediately cease publication, according to human rights campaigners.

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