MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali journalist Mohamed Sahal has been detained by Jubaland security forces in Kismayo, a town lies some 500km south of the capital of Mogadishu.
Sahal, working for SBC TV was arrested in the coastal town of Kismayo over unknown reasons.
Mohamed Ibrahim Mo’alimu, Secretary-General of Somali Union Journalists condemned Jubaland security forces for conducting arbitrary arrests in Kismayo.
Moalimu said the forces had sent Sahal into behind bars without any violation.
He says his detention is a total violation against freedom of expression.
There was no immediate comment from Jubaland over Sahal’s detention.
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.