Somali Media Associations Demand an end to Government Intimidation On Journalists

NUSOJSomali media associations under the umbrella of NUSOL are demanding the government to end intimidation and pressure on the country’s journalists.

“We are demanding for an end to the official intimidation and pressure on Somali journalists by the government,” read the statement from the association.

The association mentioned that the rate, at which national journalists are arrested, jailed, threatened is worrying and is against all international laws, basic Human rights and provision of freedom of expression by the provisional Somalia constitution.

In reference, the association demanded government to initiate the immediate release of freelance journalist Ismail Sheikh Nur who was arrested over a Facebook post deemed critical to the government on November 20th and is waiting prosecution.

NUSOL called on other government institutions to respect the constitution, the media law, and the freedom of expression.

It stated that: “Any government act against these provisions embark on illegal acts is a direct violation of the Constitution, so we hope the government will be in line with the constitution, international law, Human Rights provisions and Media law.”