ARTICLE 19 condemns the heinous attack on civilians and journalists which took place earlier today at Somalia’s National Theatre, during the first anniversary of the re-opening of the country’s national television station. The suicide bomb, the fourth since the beginning of the year, left scores of civilians and public officials dead and seven journalists amongst the critically wounded.
“This is a shocking and unacceptable act. The targeting of journalists, civilians and public officials in today’s attack sends a chilling message to all those who want to support the fledgling process of restoration,” said Henry Maina, Director, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa.
As a key member of the East Africa Journalists in Distress Network, ARTICLE 19 will work directly with all international journalists’ organisations to offer as much assistance as is practically possible to the injured.