is Relieved by the Release of the Colleague Journalists
Mogadishu, June 14, 2011
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is relieved
by the release of the journalists who were arrested by the National
Security Agency members for the last 24 hours.
The journalists - Mohamed
Amiin Abukar, Ahmed
Ali Kaahiye who work for the Independent radio Kulmiye (www.kulmiyenews.com)
Mohamed Hashi who works for the popular Somali website (www.Keydmedia
.net) were released by the National Security Agency's custody
in late Tuesday. Other protestors who were also detained were
According to Abdifatah Mohamed Hashi with the Keydmedia website
who spoke with NUSOJ said that that the NSA Members handcuffed
his hands with his shirt and took him on technical vehicle till
the NSA custody, but was treated well at the custody, apart
from that he was threatened not to cover other protests again.
"They handcuffed me with my shirt and took me on a technical
vehicle." Abdifatah Mohamed Hashi said, "I was treated
well during my detention, apart from some NSA members who threatened
me not to cover other protests."
The release of the journalists and the protestors came after
the prime minister of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ordered
for their release.
"We are relieved by the release of our colleagues who
were arrested inline with their cause of journalism." Mohamed
Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, "We condemn the
act of threats and intimidations against the journalists during
their detention and The government has the responsibility to
protect and safeguard the journalists to report freely with
fear or reprisals as the freedom of the press was guarenteed
in the Transitional Federal Charter."