Committee calls for release of Somali journalistsfrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – THE Committe for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) bemoaned the arrest of five journalists in Somalia.
The organisation said three were by the time of going to press still held.
CPJ said on Saturday, security forces arrested three journalists from the independent radio station Radio Risaala and shut down the station, according to local journalists and news reports.
The journalists-Director Mohamed Abdiwahab Abdullahi, Editor Mohamed Kafi Sheik Abukar, and reporter Mohamed Abdi Ali-were arrested in connection with a report Friday on a suspected Ebola patient living in the Lower Shabelle region of the country, the sources said.
The Ministry of Health denied in a press briefing on Saturday that the individual had contracted Ebola.
The three journalists have not been charged, according to local journalists.
On Sunday, security forces arrested two journalists from the private broadcaster Radio Goobjoog who were among the first reporters to arrive at the scene of a deadly car bomb explosion in the Waberi district of Mogadishu, local journalists told CPJ.
The insurgent Al-Shabaab group later claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least five people, according to news reports.
“Journalists should never be jailed for their work, which involves raising sensitive issues of public interest,” said CPJ East Africa Representative Tom Rhodes.
“We call on authorities to immediately release Mohamed Abdiwahab, Mohamed Kafi, and Mohamed Abdi Ali.”
CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide.
– CAJ News
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