Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 July 2010

2 Journalists arrested, one wounded in Mogadishu





2 Journalists arrested, one wounded in Mogadishu



MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 2, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the continued blood-spattered violence and threats against journalists and news media organisations following escalation of aggressions against media.

During a heavy fighting in Mogadishu between Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and Islamic extremists Al-Shabaab, Farah Abdi Warsame, photojournalist with AP news agency was wounded in Thursday fighting while Mustafe Haji Abdinur, reporter of AFP news agency and Yusuf Jama Abdullahi (known Yusuf Djibouti), freelance cameraman were arrested by TFG police after they were seen of taking pictures of wounded Farah Abdi Warsame.

Farah Abdi Warsame was wounded by shrapnel shells that hit him at left hand and in the back. Since the journalists were in fighting area, the government forces accused Mustafe and Yusuf of directing Al-Shabaab’s gunfires. Both Mustafe and Yusuf are being held at headquarters of Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

“We condemn this pitiless violence that causes to shed journalist’s blood. Arresting and detaining well-known journalists for fake allegations is deplorable. Transitional Government must release Mustafe Haji Abdi Nur and Yusuf Jama Abdullahi without delay,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General. “They have no legitimate reason to detain the two journalists for one single-minute”.   

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Somalia’s independence day, Radio Shabelle, which has recently located from Bakara market to relatively safer place in south Mogadishu, broke the decree of Al-Shabaab of not to air music and songs. The Radio is the first private media house that broke the orders of Al-Shabaab.  

“It is depressing that these warring sides have the muscle to threaten and endanger the lives of journalists by putting them at risk. The government, particularly, is putting its once good relations with the media in shambles” Omar added.


The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)


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