For Immediate release
Mogadishu, July 15, 2016
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns in the strongest terms possible the arrest of two Somali journalists in the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Friday afternoon, July 15,2016 by the the police.
A female Journalist Rahma Yusuf Jimale (reporter) and Ahmed Yusuf Suleyman (camerman) are now arrested in East Police station in Abdelaziz district in north of Mogadishu .
Both journalists work for Somali Channel TV a London based Somali television and they were arrested at Banaadir Stadium main gate where they were intending to do a report an opening football match for inter-regional tournament.
Police officers of East police station in Abdulaziz neighborhood told NUSOJ that journalists have been arrested after sniffer dog suspected several times the bag in which journalists were carrying for their equipment but nothing danger or can cause harm was found but police insist that security agencies need to conduct further investigations while journalists are being kept in custody.
NUSOJ Secretary General Mohamed Moalimuu visited the arrested journalists in police station and had a chat with them, they told that they are so far being treated well by the police even though they are in jail and lost their freedom and movement.
“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the arbitrary arrest and call for Somali Security Commanders for unconditional and immediate release of the arrested two journalists.” Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists said, “We are calling upon Somali security agencies to respect the media freedoms and freedom of expression.
Security check is believed vital but NUSOJ is very sorry that two journalists are spending tonight in prison without any evidence and this clearly indicates how vulnerable the journalists are and the constant pressure they are coming across from different sides including government security agencies.
General Secretary of National Union of Somali Journalists
Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu