11 January 2013

Somalia: Journalists Union Protests Detention of Reporter After Rape Interview

Photo: Human Rights Watch
Journalists in Mogadishu protest the ongoing detention of freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has called on the Somali police to release journalist Abdulasis Abdinuur Ibrahim, who was arrested on Thursday (January 10th) after interviewing a woman who was allegedly raped by members of the Somali army.

Ibrahim, a reporter with Dalsan Radio in Mogadishu, was summoned to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters for questioning about his interview with the woman, NUSOJ said in a statement.

He was reportedly detained after confirming he had interviewed the rape victim, who told the reporter that she was raped by five members of the Somali army. Ibrahim has not yet published details of her account.

The alleged rape victim and the woman who introduced her to Ibrahim were also reportedly arrested.

"We call for the Somali police to respect the freedom of expression and give the journalist's freedom back," said NUSOJ Secretary General Mohamed Ibrahim.

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