IFJ Calls on Authorities in Somalia to Reopen a Radio Station

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today has called on Somalia to reopen a private

radio station. According to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ),

an IFJ affiliate, authorities in Adado town of Galgudud region in central

Somalia have decided on Saturday 2 March, to shut down the private Al-Ihsan

Radio station.

Mohamed Adan, head

of the Hibin and Heb administration signed a letter ordering the radio station

to shutdown and asked armed men in a four-wheel drive to deliver the letter. It

blamed the radio station for compromising the peace in the town and spreading

inaccurate and unacceptable information which is contrary to the policy of the

administration. The management of the radio station denied all these accusations.

“This is a blatant press freedom violation. We call on

authorities in Somalia to reopen the radio station. In this particular context

Somalia needs free and fair media able to play a positive role in the country’s

reconstruction and reconciliation,” said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director.

The management of

the radio station the first to be established in Adado since two years said it

has been broadcasting programs on religion, piracy, alleged corruption and

mismanagement of public funds.   

“We condemn this

disruptive and inexplicable act which is nothing short of an attempt to

suppress media freedom in the region and demand that Al-Ihsan Radio be allowed

to resume broadcasting immediately,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary

General.

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