government releases Journalist on bail, Television Networks
still under Suspension
Mogadishu, November 17, 2011
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)
and the Media Association of Puntland (MAP) and the Somali
journalists in Nairobi welcome the release of the Somali Chanel
reporter from custody by the Puntland government and demand
the immediate withdrawal of the decision that suspended the
two television networks and call for to guarantee the safety
and the security of Somali journalists in Puntland.
Mr. Mahad Abdi Ali was released on Wednesday
afternoon around 4:30pm from Garowe Central Police Station
on bail granted by our affiliate, Media Association of Puntland,
after the Puntland police raided
the houses of , Mr. Mahad Abdi Ali, Reporter and Cameraman
and Ms Saido-Kiin Ahmed Jama, a reporter, both Somali Chanel
Reporters in Garowe respectively at around 2:00am on Tuesday
and entered the houses by force, sending Mahad Abdi Ali behind
bars without a warrant arrest. But, Miss. Saido-Kiin Ahmed
Jama told NUSOJ that she was not at home at the time of the
police raid and went into hiding after receiving tips of possible
police raid at her house.
The raid comes after the Puntland Ministry of
information issued a warning
statement against the Television networks, accusing them
to have voilated the ban.
The release of the journalist follows after
the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Media Association
of Puntland (MAP) and their large member journalists campaigned
for his freedom inside and outside the country. On Wednesday,
than 40 member Journalists in Nairobi gathered in Nairobi's
Grand Royal Hotel and signed petitions to the Puntland government,
The Somali Television networks are still under
and the press freedom campaigns against the Puntland government
will continue until they allow journalists and media stations
to exercise freely without fear of reprisals.
"We are happy and welcome that our colleagues
received their freedom back and our hearts and minds were
with them." Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said, "But,
we still feel threatened and call Puntland government to immediately
lift the ban of the two television network."
"We call for the Puntland government to
probe into the shooting incidents by unidentified armed gunmen
attacks against Radio stations in Galkacyo and bring those
involved to Justrice." Mr. Ibrahim added.
The attacks against the journalists and media
stations in Puntland has been detoriating in recent months,
putting the already bad record of the press to the worst.