The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is deeply shaken and outraged by the senseless and brutal act that took the life of Abdifatah Moallim Nur (Qeys), a distinguished journalist and the Director of Somali Cable TV, in a cowardly suicide bomb attack at the Blue-Sky restaurant in Mogadishu.
This evening, at approximately 09:05 pm, chaos erupted as a heartless suicide bomber unleashed a devastating explosion, snatching away the life of Abdifatah Moallim Nur. Despite the valiant efforts of medical professionals at Digfeer Hospital, who fought to save his precious life, destiny had dealt a tragic blow that could not be overturned. His body was transferred to Madina Hospital, where preparations for his final journey shall start tomorrow morning.
NUSOJ mourns with profound grief the loss of Abdifatah Moallim Nur, a journalist of exceptional caliber and an unwavering beacon of professionalism. His remarkable career and unwavering dedication have left an indelible mark on Somali journalism, inspiring countless young journalists to strive for excellence.
Omar Faruk Osman, the Secretary General of NUSOJ, vehemently condemns this heinous crime, stating, “We stand united in denouncing this monstrous act and extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Abdifatah Moallim Nur. His untimely demise leaves an irreplaceable void in Somali journalism, and his loss will be deeply felt by all who cherish the pursuit of truth”.
“Abdifatah's tragic passing is a devastating blow to Somali journalists. He was a dedicated journalist who fearlessly pursued and upheld the principles of free and independent media. His clear commitment to informing the public and holding power accountable made him an invaluable asset to our community. His loss will be deeply felt by journalists in Somalia and all those who believe in the importance of media freedom and independent practice of journalism”, declared Osman.
The fact that this attack took place at the Blue-Sky restaurant, a well-known gathering place for journalists, raises serious concerns about the deliberate targeting of our esteemed colleagues. NUSOJ cannot ignore the alarming possibility that this vile act was intended to strike fear among members of our journalistic community. It bears the hallmarks of an attack orchestrated by Al-Shabaab, once again targeting journalists who play an indispensable role in ensuring an informed society.
As a longtime member of NUSOJ, Abdifatah Moallim Nur's tragic death serves as a stark reminder of the immense dangers faced by journalists in Somalia as they steadfastly pursue their duty to inform and uphold the fundamental principles of freedom of expression. NUSOJ urgently calls upon the Somali government to prioritize the protection of journalists and take swift action to bring the perpetrators of this repugnant act to justice.
NUSOJ remains steadfast in its dogged commitment to defending press freedom and ensuring the safety and well-being of journalists across Somalia. “We will not waver in our pursuit of justice and our tireless efforts to create an environment where journalists can carry out their vital work without fear or intimidation” stressed Osman.