Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Somalia: Somali Journalists Union Condemns TV Channel Ban in Hiran

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) on Monday (January 27th) condemned Hiran regional administration's ban of UK-based Somali Channel TV after it aired a report on clan fighting in the region.

Deputy Head of Social Services in Hiran Abdikarim Shire Abdi announced the ban at a press conference Sunday, saying the channel had aired a programme Saturday evening that mischaracterised the peace, security and stability of the region.

"The decision to ban the television's activities in the region is a violation of the freedom of press and the freedom of expression which is enshrined in the federal constitution," NUSOJ Secretary General Mohamed Ibrahim said in a statement. "We demand from the Hiran administration to unconditionally lift the ban and give respect to media freedoms."

"The ban not only threatens Somali Channel but also the whole media in the region deemed critical to the administration," he added.

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