CPJ Report: Somalia 3rd Worst for Journalist Murders

Somali journalists covering press conference in Mogadishu, Somalia. PHOTO: NUSOJ.

Somalia is the third worst country in the world where the majority of killers of journalists get away with murder, says the Committee to Protect Journalists.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) 2022 Global Impunity Index Report, Somalia is notorious for the murder of journalists, and it appears on the impunity index for the eighth consecutive year.

Between 2012 and 2022, the CPJ, a global organization that promotes media freedom and journalist rights, documented 263 cases of journalists murdered in retaliation for their work, with 210 cases still unresolved.

Somalia has 19 unresolved murders, India 20, and Mexico has 28.

The New York-based media watchdog blamed journalists’ failure to to get justice on conflict, political instability, and weak rule of law in some countries.

The National Union of Somali Journalists reports that 54 journalists have been killed in the last decade. On October 29, two Somali journalists were killed in a car bomb attack on the Ministry of Education building. More than 120 people were killed in the bombing.