Concern raised over detained Somali journalists
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Somali government to release journalists that have been detained under unclear circumstances.
Somalia National Intelligence and Security Agency arrested freelance journalist Abdirisak Omar Ahmed and Star FM counterpart Abdukar Mohamed Ali on the morning of December 17, near the Jubba Hotel in the Shanghani district of Mogadishu.
The media practitioners have been detained for more than 20 days without charge.
CPJ Africa Programme Coordinator, Sue Valentine, has put pressure on local minister for National Security, Abdirizak Omar Mohamed, and Information Minister, Mohamed Abdi Hayir Maareeye, to intervene to free the duo.
She said this was necessary since there were no charges being laid against them.
“If Abdirisak is accused of committing a crime, authorities should disclose those charges immediately. Otherwise, they should release him now,” Valentine said.
She said Somali authorities have held Ahmed incommunicado for some 20 days without presenting evidence he broke the law.
“That is 20 days too long. If Abdirisak is accused of committing a crime, authorities should disclose those charges immediately. Otherwise, they should release him now,” Valentine said.
The reasons for Abdirisak’s detention remain unclear.
The two ministers had not responded to request for information as to why the journalist has been detained.
CPJ recorded several incidents in 2015 in which agents from the National Intelligence and Security Agency engaged in arbitrary arrest and detention of journalists.
This comes despite President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s declared support for freedom of the media and his professed admiration for the role that journalists play in providing information to society in Somalia.
– CAJ News
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