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Somali Journalists call for the release of Journalist Held for the Second Day in Mogadishu

Té / 1 April 2014

The National Union of Somali Journalists NUSOJ condemns the arrest of the Somali journalist Nuradiin Shardi, a news presenter of a privately owned Radio SkyFM in Mogadishu, held at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for the second day.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)

CID Chief Inspector, Mohamed Khalif Farah known as “Shanliire” invited Shardi to the CID for questioning on Sunday where Nuradin Shardi was arrested upon arrival on Sunday 30 March 2014, according to SkyFM management who spoke with NUSOJ.

It is not yet clear the reason behind the arrest and there is no official comment from the CID with regard to the arrest.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the arrest of Shardi and calls for his unconditional release.

“The Unjustified arbitrary arrests against the media workers is a direct threat to the freedom of the expression, guaranteed under the federal constitution of Somalia.” Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said, “We call upon the unconditional release of the journalist.”

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