AFP reporter to tell UN Council about covering war
With attacks growing on journalists around the world, Abdinur will be one of four reporters to get a rare chance to appear in the Security Council chamber.
The United States is organizing the July 17 meeting as president of the 15-nation council for the month.
“Since the council last considered the protection of journalists in 2006, worldwide violence against journalists has worsened and there has been a particular increase in murders and imprisonment arising from conflict situations,” said acting US ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo.
DiCarlo said the meeting would be “an opportunity to hear directly from journalists about the acts of violence they face while operating in conflict areas.”
According to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), nearly 1,000 journalists have been murdered or killed either in conflict or while covering other dangerous assignments since 1992.
Somalia is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a reporter, with 12 journalists killed there in 2012 and two already killed this year, according to CPJ figures.
Abdinur is a correspondent for AFP and editor-in-chief of the independent Radio Simba. He won a CPJ International Press Freedom Award in 2009. Read the rest at AFP.