Calls Puntland Authorities To Immediately Release The Online
29 June,, 2011
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) calls for the
Puntland authorities to immediately release the online journalist
who was detained by the Puntland security forces, while the
union condemns the act of the arrest.
Puntland Secuity Forces have arrested online journalist on Wednesday
29 June, 2011 around 11:30am local time in the commercial port
town of Bosaso of the semiautonomous regions of Puntland, according
to witnesses and journalists
police visited ETN Television on Tuesday 28 June, 2011in the
town of Bosaso in search of the journalist Hassan, thinking
that he works for the Television, according to journalists who
spoke with NUSOJ.
Feysal Mohamed Mohamed Hassan, a correspondent of one of the
popular Somali websites (www.hiiraan.com) in Bosaso was detained
while he was at his office in Bosaso in the mid of his journalistic
duties and was taken to Bosaso prison. Some sources indicate
the journalist went to the police station on Wednesday, after
receiving the alert, asking the reason he is sought and told
he is under arrest. It is not yet clear the reason behind his
arrest and the Puntland authorities did not comment.
are appalled by the arbitrary arrests to the journalists and
We call the Puntland government to respect the freedom of expression
and the freedom of the press, which has been guaranteed by the
Universal declaration of Human rights." Mr. Burhaan Daahir,
the NUSOJ president of the supreme council said, "We condemn
this arbitrary arrest and call the Puntland authorities to immediately
release the journalist in detention."
Codka Hiiraan radio resumed operations on 25 June, 2011
around 12:30pm local time with Shabab propaganda on the airwaves
. Journalists who work for the Codka Hiiraan radio in the town
of Beletwein reported that the resumption of the radio follows
after owner of the radio Mr. Abdi Moalim Adan has been seriously
threatened and later accepted offer to sell the radio to the
Shabab. It is really worrisome situation as the radio is on
the only one remained in the town and the freedom of the press
undoubtedly daunting. The other worry is that all journalists
who were working for the radio will maintain the work, who might
possibly be dragged to more radical views of the Shabab.
Radio Dhusamareb recommenced its operation on the same day on
25 June, 2011, after the radio has been raided and shutdown
by the Ahlu Sunna Wal-jama who control the town.
more information, please contact:
Burhaan Ahmed Daahir
of the NUSOJ Supreme Council
+252 90 751975
is curently in Garowe, Somalia for the Union business