Somali journalist jailed for schools bribery expose

Somali bribery exposeFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – SOMALI authorities have been urged to release a journalist arrested for accusing teachers of accepting bribes from students in exchange of top marks.
Noradin, a group of private schools, are at the centre of the scandal.
Mohamed Adan Dirir has been for the past fortnight on allegations of “incitement, publishing false news and instigating the public to disobey the law.”
He was arrested while covering a press conference at the Ministry of Education in the northern Hargeisa.
Publishing false news carries a prison sentence of six months or a fine of up to 3 million Somaliland Shillings (R70 000). Instigating the public to disobey the law carries a sentence of up to five years, according to Somaliland’s penal code.
In May, authorities detained Mohamed without charge for a month after he asked the health minister Saleeban Ahmed Isse a question during a press conference.
His news site was one of five blocked by authorities in July for allegedly disseminating false news and propaganda against officials.
The Committee to Protect Journalists decried the detaining of the journalist over the dispute with the embattled private schools.
Angela Quintal, the media rights group’s Africa coordinator, said criminalising reporting and jailing journalists would address disputes about editorial content.
“We urge authorities to immediately release Mohamed Adan Dirir from jail and to drop the investigation into his work.”
Information minister, Osman Abdullahi Sahardid, confirmed the journalists’ arrest but declined commenting further.
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