Somali journalist arrested in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali police arrested a journalist Ali Adan Mumin after he was ordered to come at criminal investigation department in Mogadishu.
Mumin was detained when received a letter from the CID headquarters over complaints filed by Ministry of Education.
He was accused of attempting to share examination papers through social media.
Meanwhile, Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) called on Somali government for the immediate and unconditional release of Mumin.
The SJS group says the journalist was threatened to deaths by some government officials reporting a deadly car bomb blast in Mogadishu.
Mumin has been the subject of online harassment and threats due to his critical reporting.
In mid this month, people believed to be pro-government online trolls have mocked the death of the journalist.
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.