Somali journalists denied covering suicide attack in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU – Somali journalists have been beaten and detained by police forces while on duty to cover a suicide attack on district headquarters in Mogadishu.
Reuters, AP and EPA photojournalists were among those, were detained, according to Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS).
The SJS group says police ordered the journalists to hand over their harmless tools.
The group said the police forces had beaten up and confiscated equipments of two journalists over an argument at the scene of Tuesday’s suicide explosion.
In a statement released by SJS said a TV cameraman Mohamed Hussein was also detained on Tuesday while covering protest against Ministry of Education over national exam cancellation in Mogadishu.
Hussein was released after spending hours in 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.