Somalia's Putland jails journalist over Shabaab interview

Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland has jailed a journalist for interviewing a Shabaab leader, local media and an international watchdog said.

Somalia's Putland jails journalist over Shabaab interview

 

Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland has jailed a journalist for interviewing a Shabaab leader, local media and an international watchdog said.

Armed police seized Abdifatah Jama Mire, the deputy director of Horseed FM, and six of his colleagues, late on Friday after the radio station broadcast an interview with fighter commander Sheikh Mohamed Said Atom.

Local media said his trial on Saturday lasted a matter of minutes, held behind closed doors. Mire's colleagues were released without trial.

"The judge of Bosasso court sentenced the director (Mire) to six years imprisonment and a $500 fine," a local resident called Hussein said. The court could not be reached for comment.

Paris-based watchdog Reporters Without Borders said: "Mire's jail sentence and the arbitrary detention of his seven colleagues for several hours ... constitute flagrant and deliberate press freedom violations by the Puntland authorities."

 

The United Nations says Sheikh Atom is one of the principal suppliers of arms and ammunition for Somalia's al-Shabaab group in Puntland.

A major pirate base, Puntland has been relatively stable compared with the rest of Somalia.

Reuters

Last Mod: 15 Ağustos 2010, 11:48
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