29 December 2013

Somalia: Sky FM Correspondent Imprisoned in Kismayo

A female journalist who works for Sky FM Radio has been kidnapped last night from her residential home by the Juba administration forces known as the Raskamboni Amniat.

Nasteho who is a correspondent journalist working for the Mogadishu based radio station from the Juba regions was arrested from her residential home at around 10 P.M GMT when the forces forcefully broke into her residential home, vigorously taking her away to an unknown location.

The female journalist was warned before by Genaral Darwish who ordered her not to send any news reports to Sky FM.

Darwish was appointed as the new interior minister by the interim Governor of the Juba regions earlier this week.

Shy FM succeeded to interview a relative of Nasteho who requested anonymity for security reasons.

"At around 10 PM last night, our house was broken in by the Amniyaat branch of the Raskamboni forces and forcefully drove away with Nasteho" said the relative via the phone during last night's news aired live by sky FM Radio.

The incident comes days after Nasteho reported disputes between the top administration officials of the region to Sky FM radio. Moments after the report, the female reporter was informed that she could face a shoot to kill order if she continues to report any information by General Darwish who is now in charge of the forces.

In another incident a journalist known as Adan Kismayo was arrested by the same forces for unknown reasons and is believed to be still in detention inside a Kismayu prison.

The union of journalists of the Juba regions and the administration of Sky FM has requested the immediate release of the journalists who are detained for performing their duties.



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