Rule no 1: “Music should not be aired”
IFEX – 18 September 2009:
‘NUSOJ condemns oppressive edicts targeting the media in Gedo region’
National Union of Somali Journalists
|N E W S U P D A T E
1 October 2009
Radio Warsan, a privately-owned FM radio station in Baidoa town in southwestern Somalia, was closed down by Al-Shabaab forces on 30 September 2009
Al-Shabaab insurgents got into the premises of the radio station on at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon and ordered that the station be turned off — an order which was effective immediately.
Al-Shabaab also ordered Hilal Sheik Shueyb, director of the radio station, and Mohamed Aden Dhaysane, news editor, to be arrested and immediately taken to jail.
According to Radio Warsan journalists, Al-Shabaab accused the radio station of defying their order to not air songs and music. Radio Warsan was also criticized for not relaying Adhan (the Islamic call to prayer), which was called out by a Sheik in a Baidoa mosque.
“These edicts are beyond the reality. They are a blatant violation of freedom of the press. The closure is deplorable. The arrest of Hilal and Mohamed is barbaric and unacceptable,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General.
National Union of Somali Journalists:
News distributed by:
Report about freedom violations in Somalia
The Annual Report of Press Freedom Violations in Somalia by the National Union of Somali Journalists, published on 28 December 2008, reveals virulent attacks on journalists including unspeakable cases of killings, arrests, injuries, ill-treatments, abduction and death threats as well as serious, sophisticated and systematic harassment and intimidation in main cities, particularly Mogadishu, Kismayo, Baidoa, Bossasso, Galkayo and Hargeisa.
Two journalists were murdered with complete impunity in Kismayo. More than 30 journalists received death threats. Since Islamic insurgents took over several towns in south-central regions of the country, at least six journalists have fled to Kenya from Kismayo in fear for their lives.
Apart from death threats, media in Gedo and the lower Jubba regions were banned from broadcasting music or songs, saying it was prohibited by the “Islamic religion”.
Google News – continuously updated:
Search: ‘Somalia’ + ‘music’
BBC News – 1 October 2009:
‘Behind Somalia’s Islamist rivalry’
|Related reading on freemuse.org|