Somali journalist arrested for ‘critical reporting’

Somaliland media

Somaliland media

from SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) MEDIA rights groups are demanding the release of a Somali radio journalist arrested for airing a broadcast deemed critical of the local administration.

Abdishakur Abdullahi Ahmed, a correspondent for the Nairobi-based RTN Somali TV channel and owner of the local radio station, City FM, was arrested on December 28 in the southern Hirshabelle State after giving a negative assessment of the regional government’s performance during its first three months in power.

Abdishakur had previously questioned cabinet appointments and government decisions in his reporting.

He has been held despite court orders to release him on bail pending investigation.

“Authorities should immediately release Abdishakur Abdullahi Ahmed. Holding him without charge is in clear violation of his rights,” said Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Deputy Executive Director, Robert Mahoney.

“Somali authorities should stop trying to intimidate journalists and make press freedom a priority,” Mahoney added.

Jowhar police commander, Mohamed Siyaad, he could not comment on Abdishakur’s case.

The East African country is rated among the worst violators of press freedom.

– CAJ News




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