Network2013 is concerned and strongly condemns the arbitrary arrests and detention of two journalists in Mogadishu by National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA).
The two Journalists Abdukar Mohamed Ali of Star FM and freelance journalist Abdirisak Omar Ahmed were arrested on Thursday by members of NISA. Abdukar was released on Friday while Abdirisak remains in custody for the third day without bringing him to court.
Network2013 strongly condemns the arrests, intimidation and acts of repression by the National security agencies and calls for the immediate release of Abdirisak Omar Ahmed.
“We condemn these arbitrary arrests of journalists doing their daily work. The government should respect the free expression rights of journalists and stop intimidating them for simply doing their job”. Said Mr. Mustaf Yasin Network2013 Secretary General. “ We call for the immediate release of Abdirisak” He added.
“Security concerns should not be used to stifle freedom of expression and the media should be allowed to ask the authorities tough questions affecting the lives of Somali citizens” said Ismail Sheikh Khalifa Director of StarFM-Somalia.
It is becoming increasingly alarming the way the government is applying pressure on journalists and the media fraternity in Somalia.
The government must stop harassing journalists and uphold its constitutional obligation of protecting freedom of expression.
Note to Editors:
Network 2013 – Somali Media Forum Was founded in 2013 by 13 Radio Stations across Somalia and Signed the basic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Network, The purpose of the Network is to promote the principles of a free, independent and professional Somali media dedicated to advancing peace, reconciliation and democratic values, and in particular to strengthen the capacity of radio stations as public service providers for the Somali community, thereby contributing to peace, reconciliation and development.
The Members of the Radio Station include:-Radio Risaala, Radio Kulmiye, , Radio Mustaqbal, Radio Gool, Radio Hurmo, Radio Iftin, Radio Wadaag, Radio Kasmo, Radio Star Fm Somalia, Radio Al Nur, Radio IQK, Radio Star Fm Kenya, Radio Daljir, Radio Codka Nabadda, Radio Garowe, Radio Abud-waq. Radio Dhusamareb, Radio Voice of Central Regions, Radio Galgadud, Radio Warsan, Radio Baido, Radio Hiiran Weyn Radio Voice of Mudug, Radio Jowhar , Radio Mandeq, Al-ixasan and Sooyaal.
The Nework 2013 is funded by FOJO Media Institute, International Media support (IMS), Also the Network 2013 is member of the Somalia South-Central Non-State Actors (SOSCENSA) and The Global Forum for Media Development(GFMD) is an international network of media assistance groups, for more information please check, www.network2013.org or Email:- email@example.com