SJS and SOMA strongly condemn travesty trial and imprisonment of journalists in Somaliland

Mogadishu  – Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) and Somali Media Association (SOMA) strongly condemn the trial and sentence of 1 12 months and 4 months in jail towards three native journalists detained in Hargeisa since April 13 for masking the capturing episode in Hargeisa Prison.

On Monday, Marodi Jeh Regional Court sentenced MM Somali TV director Mohamed Abdi Ilig and Horn Kabel TV reporter Abdijabar Mohamed Hussein to at least one 12 months and 4 months in jail for what the judges described as “publishing fake news”. acquitted journalist Abdirahman Ali Khalif from Gobonimo TV.

According to the attorneys and the journalists, the Monday listening to befell in an accelerated case with out the information of the protection attorneys ‘and the defendants’ members of the family. Lawyers advised SJS and SOMA that the judges have been not unbiased of police intervention and consequently, the judges have been unable to press proof for the allegations that the state prosecutor raised towards the journalists.

“We have been closely following the detention and the fabricated charges against the three journalists: Mohamed Abdi Ilig, Abdijabar Mohamed Hussein and Abdirahman Ali Khalif, who remained in custody since April 13. The authorities first invented false charges against the three journalists, but later took action. publication of fake news with the intention of creating fear and sending a scary signal to the journalistic community, “stated Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, Secretary General of the Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS). “We condemn the prison sentence against Mohamed Abdi Ilig and Abdijabar Mohamed. Hussein today. We call on the Marodi Jeh Regional Court to drop this politically motivated sentence and immediately release our two colleagues.”

“We strongly condemn this parody trial and imprisonment against our colleagues in Somaliland today. This is another dark point in Somaliland’s democracy. Journalists should not be intimidated and threatened by a false trial,” stated Mohamed Osman Makaran, normal secretary of Somali. The Media Association (SOMA) stated: “We call for immediate and unconditional freedom for Mohamed Abdi Ilig and Abdijabar Mohamed Hussein.”

Separately, the Regional Court of Appeal in Marodi Jeh on Monday sentenced two years in jail and a high-quality of three million shillings ($ 372) to journalist and social activist Abdimalik Muse Coldon, who was jailed on August 19, 2021. and sentenced him.

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