13 January 2013

Somalia: Policemen Arrest a Journalist After an Interview On Rape

press release

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, denounces the arrest of a journalist, by the authorities, for interviewing reported rape victim who was raped by a member of the Somalian army.

On Thursday January 10, 2013, the authorities arrested the journalist Abdiaziz Abdulasis Abdinuur Ibrahim, reporter of Dalsan Radio in Mogadishu for interviewing a woman who was raped by 5 elements from the army. The journalist was summoned to the Central Investigations Department for questioning in relation with this interview before he publishes its details.

The authorities arrested the journalist, the rape victim and woman-mediator between the rape victim and the journalist.

ANHRI said that "the authorities arrest to a journalist for holding an interview to fact-find the truths are a serious violation to the freedom of expression, access and gathers knowledge by the available and possible means"

ANHRI said "repeating such violations by the authorities against the journalists will push Somalia to the top of the countries that violate the freedom of the press and the right of its citizens to access to knoweldge".

ANHRI calls on the immediate release of the detained journalist "Abdinuur" and other two ladies. ANHRI also calls on granting the chance to the journalist to complete the report and to conduct an immediate investigation to held the involved persons in the rape into accountable and to punish them.

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