NUSOJ Condemns the Arbitrary arrest of a Journalist in Southern
Mogadishu, December 22, 2013
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns in
the strongest terms possible the arrest of a Somali journalist
in the town of Kismayo, the regional headquarters of Lower Jubbaregion,
500km South of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Sunday noon,
December 22,2013 by the members of the Intelligence Services
of Jubbaland Administration.
Members of the Intelligence Services of the Jubbaland Administration
in Kismayo arrested Adan Mohamed Salaad (Aadan Kismayo) on Sunday
noon, 22 Dec. 2013. His arrest has been ordered by the presidency
of the Jubbaland Administration and is being held at a intelligence
detention center known as K2.
The Jubbaland Administration did not comment the arrest of
the journalist and it is not yet clear why the journalist was
The journalist, Adan Mohamed Salad, was the former director
of Radio Kismayo run by Jubbaland Administration based in Kismayo
and was among several journalists trying to launch another independent
radio station, Radio
Voice of Somalia, whose equipment was taken over by the
administration on its initial day on 13 November 2013 and its
director briefly detained. Ahmed Mohamed Salaad left radio Kismayo
some five months ago.
"We condemn in the strongest terms possible and call for
the Jubbaland Administration for his unconditional release."
Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union of
Somali Journalists said, "We call upon the administration
to respect the media freedoms and freedom of expression which
is currently under threat and without which democratic societies
can not develop."