Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- Local journalists reported on 23 June 2011 that Government militias raided and shuttered two radio stations in Somalia in separate attacks. An armed group with links to the hardline insurgency Al-Shabaab stormed the private Voice of Hiran in the central town of Beledweyne, ordering all staff to leave the premises, local journalists told CPJ. According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity, Al-Shabaab militants disapproved of a program that critically examined suicide as a martyrdom tactic in Islam. In the central town of Dhusa Mareb, the Sufi militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a, which supports the Transitional Federal Government, raided Dhusa Mareb Radio and detained editor Abdikafi Hashi for four hours, local journalists reported. The station had run reports of infighting among Ahlu-Sunna Wal Jama'a leaders.

- The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Windhoek), wrote that the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)'s Rundu-based reporter Wilfred Nyambe was fined N$2000 (approx. US$295) by the Hambukushu Traditional Authority for allegedly reporting a biased story about the traditional authority. According to a report by the "Namibia Newspaper" of 16 June 2011, "Chief Erwin Munika Mbambo, the leader of the Hambukushu Traditional Authority in the eastern Kavango region, ordered the NBC reporter to pay the fine on 9 June 2011 as punishment for a story broadcast on NBC Rukavango Radio Service in May 2011, about a resident of the Divava village, who was demanding that he get his land back from the Hambukushu Traditional Authority".