Somalia: Leading Mogadishu daily’s editor arrested

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first_img Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Organisation SomaliaAfrica Condemning abuses ImpunityFreedom of expression RSF_en October 17, 2016 Somalia: Leading Mogadishu daily’s editor arrested Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists News The editor of Xog Ogaal, one of Somalia’s leading dailies, Guled was arrested during a raid by members of the National Intelligence Service Agency (NISA) on the newspaper’s Mogadishu headquarters on the evening of 15 October. The newspaper’s manager said it is not know why Guled was arrested. He has been held by the NISA ever since. The NISA agents seized computers, cameras, archives and other material during the raid, since when no issue of the newspaper has been produced. One of Somalia’s most widely read dailies, it has been publishing since the 1991 civil war. The raid followed the newspaper’s publication of photos of a massacre of civilians in El-Ali, in the central region of Hiran, by members of the Islamist rebel group Al-Shabaab. Fighting is currently taking place between Al-Shabaab and government forces in this region. A source in the security services said it was a senior government official who had ordered Guled’s arrest. “We urge the Somali authorities to free Abdi Aden Guled without delay,” RSF said. “The security forces cannot keep taking justice into their own hands with complete impunity. If there is a problem with something published, the judicial system should arbitrate. By raiding such an emblematic newspaper, the authorities have crossed a new threshold in their abusive treatment of journalists and media in Somalia.” Journalists’ unions and associations lost no time in condemning the raid and calling on the security forces to respect media freedom. Media freedom is declining in Somalia, while journalists continue to be the victims of the prevailing impunity. As RSF reported at the time, men on a motorcycle gunned down radio journalist Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali on a Mogadishu street just three weeks ago. Somalia is ranked 167th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. February 24, 2021 Find out morecenter_img SomaliaAfrica Condemning abuses ImpunityFreedom of expression Follow the news on Somalia Crédit : Abdi Aden Guled to go further ​Reporters Without Borders condemns newspaper editor Abdi Aden Guled’s arrest two days ago and calls for his immediate release. News March 2, 2021 Find out more News News January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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