Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- Somalia: The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), the African Regional Organisation of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has joined its affiliate, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) in firmly condemning the assassination of prominent journalist and director of Shabelle Media Network, Hassan Osman Abdi. More than two dozen of journalists have been killed, scores arrested and several independent media houses shut down in the country since 2006.
“Killings of Somali journalists reflect the vulnerability of the media professionals in our country and the dangerous climate to which they are exposed,” said Abdi Aden Guled, NUSOJ Supreme Council Senior Vice President.

Djibouti: a Radio journalist was threatened and tortured for 24 hours (3 February 2012). Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns radio journalist Farah Abadid Hildid’s abduction by the police yesterday and the threats and torture to which he was subjected during the 24 hours he was held. Hildid works for ‘La Voix de Djibouti’, a radio station that broadcasts on the shortwave from Europe and is now also available on the Internet. He described his ordeal by telephone two hours after his release (full story on RWB website).

Morocco: Bahomane Walid, 18, appeared in court in Rabat, Morocco, for posting Facebook photos and satirical videos of King Mohamed VI. The decision provoked internet uproar. Internet users believe that the new Constitution is by no means a breakthrough in freedom of expression. More here: