Puntland Cracks Down on Somali, Foreign Outlet Journalists | East Africa | English

Press freedom advocates are awaiting a reply from the president of Puntland, Abdirahman Mohamud Farole, to accusations of harassment, censorship, detentions, and direct attacks by police officers. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) sent a letter to protest what it called the autonomous northeastern Somali state’s targeting of U.S. government-funded Voice of America journalists and others, who have been jailed, shot at, knocked off the airwaves, and threatened by Puntland’s information ministry and local police officials. The complaint was filed following the release of VOA Somali Service correspondent Mohamed Yasin Isak, who was held without charge for 17 days at the Puntland Intelligence Services in the port city of Bossasso. Isak was freed on Wednesday.

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