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Somalia: Renowned Journalist detained in Mogadishu

Published on Monday 21st April 2008

Somalia: The Transitional Federal Government of Somalia at Banadir junction of Madina district in Mogadishu arrested a well known journalist Monday.

 

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) in a statement said that they were disturbed by the arrest of prominent and respected radio journalist Abdi Mohammed Ismail, who works for Mogadishu-based privately owned Shabelle Media Network. Abdi Mohammed Ismail, publicly known Abdi Uud, was arrested Moday by recently trained armed forces of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia at Banadir junction of Madina district in Mogadishu.   The Transitional Federal Government or its armed forces did not talk about the reason of the arrest. ?Illogical and illegal arrest of journalists are entirely in opposition to the assurances made by the government of Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein of ending violations of press freedom when it came to the office, and up till now its forces are targeting journalists? said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General. ?Today?s act as like other attacks on journalists, we vigorously deplore it and demand instant release of Abdu Uud? Omar Faruk added. ?In these circumstances the government needs to take responsibility for the blatant manner in which its armed men move about with impunity and arrest journalists whenever they want?. Within five days, heavily armed police force of the Transitional Federal Government riding in a minibus raided Radio Voice of Peace, ordered its staff to get out their offices, shutdown the privately-owned FM station and briefly arrested four of its journalists and a technician.