On 11 October, 2022 at
around 17:00hrs local time, officers from the Somali Intelligence and Security
Agency (NISA) arrested Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, the Secretary General of the Somali
Journalists Syndicate (SJS) who was traveling to Nairobi at Aden Adde
International Airport in Mogadishu. He was
immediately transferred to Godka Jilacow, the notorious NISA detention facility
near the Presidential Palace.
The arrest follows after Somali Media Fraternity among them SJS, FESOJ, SOMA and SMSG held a press conference at the SJS Headquarters in Mogadishu on October 10, 2022, where they expressed their concern about a
new government directive that banned what was termed “Spreading
Al-Shabab propaganda”. The media advocacy groups expressed concerns
that they were not consulted and the directive might unduly restrict the
legitimate freedom expression and press freedom in the country.
About 6:29 pm (local time) a group
of armed NISA officers led by the commander of Hawl-wadag district
“Shakiib”, raided SJS office, while the staff had already left the
officers threatened a neighbour and forced him to open the
security of the office gate. A CCTV
footage installed in the building shows NISA officers attempting to force open the office but could not manage it.
Somali Media fraternity who are united under the umbrella of Somalia Mechanism for Safety
of Journalists (SMSJ) jointly condemns this arbitrary arrest of the Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, the SJS
Secretary General, who was also the Secretary of the SMSG and express their
solidarity with him. The Somali Media
Fraternity also calls on the government to immediately and unconditionally
release him. We also call on the authorities
to immediately launch an investigation into the raid of SJS offices and to
ensure the safety and security of all journalists.
- Somalia Mechanism for Safety of Journalists
- Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS)
- Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ)
- Somali Media Association (SOMA)