This blog reports the abuses of media freedom defender in Somalia.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Somali Journalists Outraged by the jailing of another journalist without Charges
Mogadishu:- 11 February, 2013,
The National Union of Somali Journalists is outraged by the arbitrary
arrests, threats and intimidations against the Somali journalists
following the detention of another Somali journalist Daud Abdi Daud held
without charges since February 05, 2013.
Somali police arrested Daud Abdi Daud, a freelance journalist and
secretary general of Somali Environmental Journalists Association and
African Environmental Journalists (AFEJ), outside the court on February
5, 2013 around 2:30pm and held at the Criminal Investigation Department
(CID) for 6 days without charges and was transferred to Central prison
on Monday 11 February 2013.
On February 6, union
representatives, the director of Radio Kulmiye - the radio station he
was working for, and some family members met the Attorney general,
Abdulkadir Mohamed at his office and asked about Daud's case. The
attorney general confirmed to them that he should be released but should
remain in the CID for five days of what he termed as "discipline".
There are several occasions in which the union officials were threatened
into rampant arrests against the journalists.
authorities did not comment on the detention of the journalist and it is
not yet clear why he was detained and what charges he might face.
Somali police and the judiciary were angered by the aftermath of the
trail of the Somali journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim who was handed
down to 1 year prison term for interviewing a woman who said that she
was gang raped by the Somali security forces.
Union of Somali Journalists has been following up the case of Daud from
the day of his arrest and but the union currently worries about that the
case be turned into politically motivated attempt to threaten and
intimidate the journalists.
"We call for the Somali government
to urgently release Daud and Quash the conviction of Abdiazi and come up
with mechanism that guarantees free and independent media." Mohamed
Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists
(NUSOJ) said, "Somali journalists suffered enough, with 18 media workers
killed in 2012 alone, which none of the killers were punished for their
"The government should prioritize in investigating
and punishing their killers for their crimes and provide proper
protection to the freedom of expression, the freedom of the press and
the journalists' safety" Mr. Ibrahim added.
credible information indicating that there are conspiracy plans to
create a confusion and conflict among the independent media,
journalists and the government in order for the government to view the
independent media and the journalists as enemies, which if becomes true
could result total media crackdown and news blackout.