Mogadishu Court Affirms Legitimate NUSOJ Leadership
15 February 2012
An attempt by individuals to steal the identity and falsely claim leadership of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) today flopped after a Mogadishu court ruled that the true leadership of the union was that elected at the union’s constitutional general assembly held in Mogadishu on March 14-15, 2011.

Hamar District court today, February 15, 2012, ruled that the legitimate NUSOJ top leadership was that comprising Abdirisak Omar Ismail as President and Omar Faruk Osman as Secretary General.

Individuals had, since last year, laid false claim to the union leadership and presented themselves to various local and international institutions as having taken over the reins at the union with the help of the Ministry of Information.

The legitimate leaders of NUSOJ moved to court in January 2012 seeking the court’s intervention to confirm them as the legitimate leadership and to stop “identity theft”.

After several hearings during which both parties made representations to the court, the last of which was on February 8, 2012, the court today ruled in favour of the petitioners.

“We are overjoyed that the court has confirmed the true and legitimate leaders of NUSOJ. It is a slap on the face of elements within the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) who attempted to remove the legitimate union leadership because they could not be manipulated,” said Omar Faruk Osman, the NUSOJ Secretary General in his reaction to the ruling.

NUSOJ President Abdirisak Omar Ismail who has been coordinating the legal battle to stop the theft of the union’s identity said he was happy the court’s ruling had “exposed the lie peddled by the impostors.”

“We welcome the ruling, which restores faith in the union and strengthens the resolves by Somali journalists to fight harder for their rights and dignity despite undue pressure and interference from government institutions,” said Ismail.

Source: NUSOJ.