NUSOJ Backs the Appeal for the Release of the journalist imprisoned 46 days in Puntland

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 18, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) backs the appeal of the release of the Awke Abdullahi, Director of Radio Voice of Peace in Bosaso who was imprisoned in his 46 day in the commercial port town of Bosaso.

Puntland administration detained Awke Abdullahi after the radio station he was the director, aired clashes between Puntland administration and the militants – affiliated to Al-Shabab, fighting against the Puntland administration at the Galgala mountains near Boosaaso of Bari region citing Shabab spokesman during the report.

The wife of the journalist, Mrs. Istahil Abdi Garad and his children, who was visited at her residence in the commercial port town of Bosaso by journalists of Bari region led by NUSOJ Puntland Coordinator, Omar Said Mohamed last week appealed to the Puntland government to release her husband.

“My husband is detained for more than 6 weeks and was not brought before a court” Mrs. Istahil Abdi Garad said, “Therefore, I appeal to the government to release my husband, as soon as possible.”

Mrs. Garad pointed out that, “My family has faced economical hardships, since my husband who was the only breadwinner for the family was arrest and there is no any other person supporting us.”

“We back the appeal for the release of our colleague made by his family and call for the Puntland authorities to immediately either release him or bring him before a fair court.” Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, “It is unfair and unlawful to keep a person in jail without court order in such a long time.”

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) demands from the Puntland authorities, in addition to the union’s appeal for the release of Awke Abdullahi, to allow the radio station to resume operations and return its equipment immediately.

The radio station, Radio Voice of Peace (Codka Nabadda Radio) in Bosaso was not allowed to resume operations and its equipments was not returned as well and its director remains imprisoned.

SOURCE 

National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)

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