Somalia Suspends Two Private TV Stations

18 July 2019

Regulation & Policy

Authorities in Somalia have confirmed that they have suspended the activities of two private TV channels namely Eryal TV and Horyaal 24TV, accusing them of inciting violence, according to a press rights group and a station manager.

Police are reported to have entered the offices of both media hubs and put an immediate end to all their activities. The two TV stations were accused of broadcasting content that is threatening to the national security in Somalia.

Both stations were issued with signed letters from Somalia’s Minister of Information, Mohamed Muse Dirie.

According to the Chairman of Horyaal 24TV, Mohamed Osman Mireh, and Adan Aideed Abdi, the owner of Eryal TV, they were at no point issued with a copy of the closure letter and did not understand the charges as nothing was explained to them.

The General Secretary of the National Union of Somali Journalists Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu said that the tyrannical shut-down of the television stations is a deliberate attack on freedom of expression and of the nation’s media and shows a gross disregard for the citizens’ fundamental right to receive accurate, uncensored information.

Source: NexTVAfrica