Somalia: Police Forces Arrested & Terrified 14 Journalists, 5 Staffers of Shabelle Media Network

Regulation & Policy

The National Union of Somali Journalists is powerfully denouncing the police's forced entry of the building of Shabelle Media Network, in which the police forces of the Somalia's Transitional Federal Government briefly arrested and terrified 14 journalists and 5 support staff, including the management of the Popular Radio.

This attack happened Saturday morning (15 September 2007) when the station's personnel were in their daily staff meeting. The police force accused the employees of the Radio of throwing a grenade to the police. According to Shabelle Management, the journalists and the supporting staff were released after nearly two hours and thirty minutes in detention and in awful condition.

"This police violence is completely intolerable, and we condemn this attack in strongest manner" said Omar Faruk Osman, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists. "It is unreasonable to suspect that journalists threw grenade to police force and it is clear indication of police brutality that severely threatens freedom of the media". "Leadership of Transitional Federal Government should take action to end such brutalities".

(National Union of Somali Journalists (Mogadishu), 15 September 2007)