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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Somali government reportedly arrests independent TV reporters in Mogadishu

Radio Gaalkacyo
May 21, 2011

The Somali Transitional Federal Government security forces have reportedly "arrested three journalists" working for Somalia's independent Royal TV in Mogadishu, reports privately-owned Radio Gaalkacyo on 21 May 11.

The journalists are said to have been arrested while on duty and "covering a programme" at the Presidential Palace in capital on 18th May 2011, as confirmed by the director of the TV in Mogadishu. The reason behind their arrest is unknown as the government has not commented on the arrest of the journalists.

Royal TV representative in Mogadishu, Faysal Ali Muhammad, has "appealed" to the government to release the journalists immediately, adds the Source.

Both the Somali government and Al-Shabab Islamic Movement have been accused of imposing restrictions and pressure on the press freedom in Somalia.


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