Somali Media Freedom Defender is strongly condemning the steps taken by Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland to close the private radio stations locating in Bossasso, the capital of Bari region.
Puntland regional administration on Wednesday, April, 3.2013, ordered the closure Radio Daljir, Radio Voice of Peace and 1 Nation Radio in Bossasso.
Putland semiautonomous region has accused that these three radio stations disobeyed orders from Puntland and retransmit programs produced by Radio Bar Kulan and Radio Ergo which are based on in Nairobi, Kenya.
The order to shut down the radio stations was issued by Puntland Minister of Information Mohamud Dirir which asked Puntland Police Commissioner Mohamed Said to immediately carry out the order.
Subsequently, the Commander of Puntland Police in Bari province Osman Afdalow for himself delivered the order to the three radio stations and stipulated to shut down the Radio stations and the stations accepted instantly and stopped broadcasting.
Somali Media Freedom Defender calls on Puntland especially the Ministry of Information Mr. Mohamud to espouse a democratic and consultative stand in dealing with media institutions and professionals. This means that Putalnd regional administration is not ready to respect and promote freedom of expression and media freedom.