Mareeg Online slams ban on its network by Hormuud Telecom
MOGADISHU, Somalia (Mareeg Online) – Mareeg Online Network has strongly condemned Hormuud Telecom Company, which has officially blocked privately owned website (www.mareeg.com) from operating in Mogadishu and other regions in Somalia.
The move by Hormuud is described as a complete violation which contravenes the basic granted freedoms, according to National Union of Somali journalist.
The journalists’ rights group urged Hormuud authorities to uphold freedom for the media to report the main stories taking place in Somalia.
Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries for media workers, 59 journalists have been killed since 1992, soon after a civil war began in the Horn of Africa nation, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
It’s not entirely clear who has been killing journalists, but, Al-Shabab rebels, warlords, criminals, and even government agents all could have reasons.
Somali journalists frequently receive threats. But police rarely investigate them or adequately protect reporters.
The deadliest country for journalists in 2015 was Syria, where 14 were killed, followed by France with nine, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Around the world, 72 journalists were killed in 2015 and 10 have been killed so far this year.