Press Release 05/2011

Mogadishu, 13 June, 2011

The Somali Security National Agency (SSNA) has today detained Mohamed-amiin Abukar Abdi, (20 years old) a journalist working for independent Kulmiye Radio in Mogadishu.

Abwan Osman Guure, the director of  Kulmiye Radio said, “Mohamed-Amin was arrested at 9:30 am along with dozens of protestors on Monday morning while covering a protest at KM4 area in Mogadishu”. Adding “these days we faced pressures coming from some of the Mogadishu district commissioners to silence us, but make no mistake we’ll cover the events independently without bias to any group”.There have been continued protests in Mogadishu recently in support of the current Prime Minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Mohamed-Amin still remains at the SSNA custody. Mogadishu Media House officer requested the SSNA to let officials from the centre to meet with the journalist to observe his condition and well being but that did’t materialize yet.Mogadishu Media House strongly condemns the arrest of the journalist while covering the Mogadishu events.“we have zero tolerance for the arrest of the journalists and civilians who are exercising the rights,” said Abdulahi Mohamed Hassan (Black), Director of the Mogadishu Media House.Last week Wadajir district commissioner Ahmed-Da’i sent 15 armed men to Jubba radio and closed down the station for about 7 hours. In the last 6 weeks there were several closures of media outlets in Mogadishu by the National Security Agency.

 Mogadishu Media House Director
Mogadishu, Somalia