NUSOJ Joins its Affiliate MAP in Condemning Puntland’s Actions Aimed at Undermining Media Freedom in Puntland, Somalia

Mogadishu, 6 March, 2017

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) joins its affiliate
the Media Association of Puntland (MAP) in condemning the
administrations action aimed to undermine the media freedom the
regions under its control, after suspending from operation the
London based Somali Television (Universal TV).

On Monday morning 6 March, 2017 journalists led by NUSOJ gathered and held a press conference in Mogadishu to show their concern over the suspension order against Universal TV.

The Universal TV was imposed upon an indefinite activity
suspension on Sunday 5, 2017 by a directorate from the Puntland’s
ministry of Information, accusing them to have violated the Puntland’s
security.
A Press statement released by Media Association of Puntland (MAP) after the suspension order from the Puntland Information Ministry against Universal TV strongly condemned the unprecedented decision of the Puntland Ministry of Information to take Universal TV off the air with claims that the UK based TV’s programs created security concerns and unprofessional conduct,

“We join our affiliate MAP in condemning the act of suspending the
Universal TV without proper evidence to what has been accused
of which is a direct violation against the already ravaged freedom of
the press,” Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, the Secretary General of the National
Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said, “We demand from the Puntland
authorities to immediately lift the ban and allow journalists to
freely exercise the given freedom.”

Issuing such orders from the Puntland administration sends a
threatening message to the independent media in Puntland and shows how
critical to obtain an independent media in Puntland.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) protests the ongoing unjustified closure of Universal stations in Puntland, Somalia and we call on the Puntland authority to allow Universal TV stations resume their operations and guarantee freedom of expression unconditionally”

Attacks against the journalists and the media stations have been on the
rise in recent years in Puntland. In June 2016 Puntland Ministry of information closed down all station of Universal TV in Puntland despite it was later in July allowed to resume its activities after receiving what was called a presidential pardon.

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