Concern for journalists mounts after abduction of two French security advisers

first_img February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region SomaliaAfrica Follow the news on Somalia Reporters Without Borders is shocked that the two French government security advisers who were abducted in Mogadishu this morning had been posing as journalists. Gunmen kidnapped them from the Sahafi Hotel, located in the safest part of the capital. No group has so far claimed responsibility for their abduction.“Being a journalist is not a cover, it is a profession,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope these two advisers are freed quickly but we are shocked that they were passing themselves off as journalists. They were on an official mission and had no need of cover. Their behaviour endangers journalists in a region where media personnel are already in danger.”The two advisers, who had only recently arrived in Mogadishu, had been sent by the French government’s General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) to provide security advice to the transitional government headed by President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed. Africa’s deadliest country for the news media, Somalia was ranked 153rd out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Kidnappings of journalists and humanitarian aid workers are now common in Somalia. Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan are still being held hostage since they were kidnapped near Mogadishu on 23 August 2008. Five journalists have been killed in Somalia since the start of the year. SomaliaAfrica RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information News January 8, 2021 Find out more July 14, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern for journalists mounts after abduction of two French security advisers March 2, 2021 Find out more News News Organisation last_img read more

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