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Monday, October 22, 2007

Somalia: Ongoing Intimidations of Journalists in Mogadishu And Garowe

Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

20 October 2007
Posted to the web 21 October 2007


Abdi Farah Jama Mire, Director of Radio Garowe, and Mohammed Dahir Yusuf, Producer of the Radio were released, but the Isse Abdullahi Mohammed, the Editor of the Radio is still detained. The three journalists were arrested by heavily armed Puntland security forces on Friday afternoon.

The Radio station, which was also closed on Friday, 19 October, is still closed.

Abdirashid Abdulle Abikar, a photojournalist working with AFP news agency was briefly arrested on Friday morning by the security agents of the Transitional Federal Government. Following hours of questioning at the CID, he was released Friday afternoon.

Abdirashid Abdulle Abikar, who is Secretary of Training of the National Union of Somali Journalists, was arrested whilst taking photos from wounded people at Madina hospital. His photographic camera and other equipment were confiscated. The reason of the arrest is unknown.

Abdullahi Mohammed Hassan "Black", Editor-in-Chief of Mogadishu based Ayamaaha Daily Newspaper, was arrested on Friday afternoon by forces from National Security Agency at the newspaper's office in Mogadishu. He was held overnight, and was released Saturday morning. The motive behind the arrest remains unidentified.

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