Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 August 2010

Puntland Bans Media from Covering Rebels





Puntland Bans Media from Covering Rebels



HARGEISHA, Puntland, August 16, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The semiautonomous authorities of Puntland banned Sunday 15 August 2010 from news organizations and journalists in Puntland of interviewing rebels fighting the administration in mountain villages along the north-eastern coast, near the commercial town of Bossasso.

The Puntland Information Minister Abdihakin Ahmed Guled held today a press conference in Bossasso, the commercial city of Puntland, and ordered news organizations and journalists not to interview the rebels whose armed forces, led by Sheik Mohamed Said Atom, are fighting forces of the semiautonomous regional State.

Guled said the rebels fighting against his administration had links with international terrorists and threatened any journalist or media house that fails to obey this order will face “severe punishment”. The minister also warned that Puntland security forces will take “appropriate actions” against any news media organisation that reports about the rebels.

National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) considers this steady encroachment on media freedom and independence by diverting the media from the professional line of covering hard news stories such as fighting, community news, courts, crime and speeches as well as interviews of interesting newsmakers in a fair, responsible and unbiased manner.



National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)


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