Somalia: Journalist Detained over Critical Post Against Puntland President

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    Somalia: Journalist Detained over Critical Post Against Puntland President

    GAROWE (Somali Update Online) — An online journalist in Somalia's Puntland State is detained for the second week in Garowe after allegedly publishing critical article against the region's President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas on a local

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The Galkayo-based journalist Ahmed Ali Kilwe has been detained by Puntland security forces.
GAROWE (Somali Update Online) — An online journalist in Somalia's Puntland State is detained for the second week in Garowe after allegedly publishing critical article against the region's President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas on a local news site and social media, journalists and media watchdog said. The Galkayo-based journalist Ahmed Ali Kilwe has been detained by Puntland security forces led by General Muhyadin Ahmed Muse last week as the journalist was traveling to Garowe.
According to local sources, General Muhyadin, known for his brutal actions against media and journalists in Puntland, has been operating under instructions from President Gaas's office who ordered the arrest of the journalist. The security forces confiscated the journalist's mobile phone before they took him into custody.
According to a Kilwe's colleague, the journalist is currently detained in a military prison located at the west of the capital of Puntland, Garowe, where suspected Al-Shabab members are detained and interrogated.
"It is really an added risk which my friend Ahmed Kilwe is facing that he was put in a cell where Al-Shabab members are held." Said the colleague who sought anonymity due to safety concern.
Following the arrest of Journalist Kilwe, local authorities blocked the news site where the critical article that led to journalist Kilwe's arrest has been published. As of today July 5th, the website Puntlandone.com remains suspended from access to readers inside Puntland.
The journalist's latest Facebook posting was on June 23rd, according to his timeline. In the posting which featured Puntland President's photos, questioned if the President made accountability on millions of dollars of donation by the United Arab Emirates to the reconstruction of Bosasso Port facility.
Since his arrest, there are no official charges presented against the journalist, a clear violation of the country's Federal Provisional Constitution and Puntland State Constitution which all indicate the right to be brought before a competent court within 48 hours of the arrest.
The Media Association of Puntland (MAP) has hit out at the Puntland Security forces for the arrest and confinement of a journalist in an Al-Shabab detention.
‘’The act of arrest by Puntland security forces against journalist Kilwe shows the state's intolerance towards criticism and is against the rule of law and the right to freedom of expression,’’ said Omar Mohamed, MAP’s Communication and Advocacy Officer.
Mr. Omar expressed concern over the way Ahmed Ali Kilwe was taken into custody.
Puntland President's office did not respond to attempts by Somali Update Online reporter regarding the arrest of journalist Kilwe.

- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


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