Posted by: africanpressorganization | 12 June 2012

Local Administration in central Somalia town of Dhusamareb beat and arrest two Journalists



Local Administration in central Somalia town of Dhusamareb beat and arrest two Journalists


MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 12, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has just learned the arrest of two journalists by militias loyal to Ahlu Sunna Waljama administration in the central Somalia town of Dhusamareb on early hours on Tuesday morning on June 12, 2012 around 06:30am local time.


Militias loyal to the local Sufi militias, Ahlu Suna Wal-Jama raided the offices of the Radio Voice of Central Dhusamareb (Idaacadda Codka Bartamaha Dhusamareb) based in Dhusamareb on Tuesday morning around 6:20am local time, where they have seriously beaten and arrested Bashir Mohamed Salad Aka Bashir Sanka who contributes both Dalsan Radio, a privately owned independent radio station based in Mogadishu and Idacada Codka Bartamaha, an independent radio station based Dhusamareb and Abdi Jamal Moalim Ahmed, who is the correspondent of Radio Bar-Kulan, a UN Funded radio.


The arrest and the beating of the journalists follows after the local people in Dhusamareb left the town in for safety purposes and fearing possible overnight Shabab attack and the journalists were among those fled with their lives for safety. The journalists, whose arrest were reasoned for only leaving the town during the night, were arrested with the orders of Farhan Moalim Ali, the Chief of local security committee in the town of Dhusamareb.


The head of the union’s Central Somalia Branch, Mr. Abdulasis Wehliye Cofle called the arrest unprecedented attack against the journalists in central Somalia regions by Ahlu Sunna Waljama militias and called for the group to unconditionally release the journalists.


“The journalists were part of the general public who all left the town for their safety and arrests and beatings could not be the response,” Abdiasis Wehliye Cofle, Chairman of the union’s central Somalia branch said, “We call Ahlu Sunna Waljama to immediately release the journalists unconditionally.”


The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is deeply worried over the health conditions of Bashir Mohamed Salad who was seriously wounded in the suicide blast in Dhusamareb early last month. Bashir has recently returned from Ethiopia for treatment, though there some concerns of his health status as reported by Bashir to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).


The Shabab, which is affiliated to Al-Qaeda looted the Radio equipment twice after raiding the town and briefly taking it over, there has been similar fears within the residents after the Ahlu Sunna Waljama militias supported by the Ethiopian troops abandoned the town of Elbur, a strategic town in central Somalia this weekend.


On 5th June, 2012, The Deputy Security Chief of the town’s Security Committee, Mr. Nor Elmi Hoosagale threatened the journalists after similar episode, of which the town’s people evacuated the town, took place.


On June 8, 2012 Two unknown assailants armed with pistols shot twice Mohamed Noor Mohamed better known as Mohamed Sharif – reporter for the Bar-Kulan Radio – below the heart which penetrated the back and the stomach on Friday evening June 8, 2012 around 7:30pm local time near Horn Cable Television office in Hamarjajab neighborhood as he was returning from work. The attackers fled the area immediately, according to witnesses.



National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)


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