Somalia urged to release journalist Mumin
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali and Foreign Journalist Unions have protested against the continued detention of journalist Ali Mumin, who has been in behind bars for the last four days.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa (FCAEA) has voiced concern over the recent detention of Mumin.
Mumin was arrested on Tuesday, when he was ordered to come at criminal investigation department building in Mogadishu, according to a statement seen by Mareeg Online.
Mareeg Online learned his detention comes after Mumin suggested obtaining leaked exams in a Facebook post, but didn’t publish it.
He also questioned whether the president’s protocol is up to the job and another post jokes about language proficiency of a police officer.
On Wednesday, Somali court in Mogadishu has quashed all charges against journalist Mumin.
He remains in prison, despite a court judge dismissed charges against him and ordered his immediate and unconditional release.
Somali journalists, who were protesting against his detention in Mogadishu said, “Ali needs justice”, “Who is keeping Mumin in prison?”, “Free Mumin” – #FreeMumin.
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.
The FCAEA and Somali journalist unions strongly condemned the recent attacks and arrests of journalists in Mogadishu, calling on the current government to uphold the values of press freedom.
NUSOJ Secretary General Mohamed Moalimuu says more than 30 journalists were arrested since 2018.
Somali journalists have raised concerns over a growing climate of fear and intimidation, as well as restricted media access when covering certain news even.
The Unions urged the Somali government to investigate all cases of violence against journalists and take steps to ensure an open and free press.
Somalia and FCAEA also called on the international community to continue raising the importance of press freedom in the war-ravaged nation of 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.
Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia