Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 April 2009

The IFJ Condemns the Imprisonment of a Journalist in Somalia

 


 

The IFJ Condemns the Imprisonment of a Journalist in Somalia

 

MOGADISCIO, Somalie, April 4, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the two years imprisonment of journalist Jama Ayanle Feyte , on March 30, 2009 in Puntland (North-eastern of Somalia).

“This judgment is questionable and unjust, most especially when  Ayanle Feyte was denied his legitimate right to have the assistance of a lawyer during his trial. It is deplorable nowadays to imprison journalists whose only wrong is to execute their noble duties” declared Mr. Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa Office.

On Monday March 30, 2009, the regional Court of Bari in Bossasso condemned Mr. Jama Ayanle Feyte for slandering, dissemination of false information and insults on Puntland leaders through two Somali Web sites, namely “Dayniile.com” and “lasqoray.com”. During the trial, he was not represented by  a lawyer; and the members of its family and his colleagues were denied access to the Court.

According to Omar Faruk Osman, General secretary of NUSOJ and President of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) “this verdict is a hard blow to journalism and freedom of expression in areas of the North-East of Somalia, and the judgment accentuated the frightening violation of press freedom in these regions. It is unjust, it is a political lawsuit”.

The IFJ calls for the immediate release of Jama Ayanle Feyte and urges the authorities of Puntland to end the rampant onslaught against  journalists in the region   and  to create a conducive environment to enable them to work freely.

 

SOURCE : International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)


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