News Analysis: Challenges of Somali media, Conflict and Al-shabab

by admin | Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 | 616 views

One after another, the Somali National security and Intelligence Agency (NISA) raided the premises of Universal TV in Mogadishu following the detention of two journalists from the London-based Somali language television. 

Somali’s attorney general gave NISA 21 working days to investigate allegations against the journalists, however a pressure from media groups and political institutions led the government to release the journalists who spent six days in Godka Jilacow prison.

Their detention came after the TV aired a political show that criticised president Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud. Two lawmakers who signed impeachment motion against the country’s president took part the show. In July 2015, Ahlusunna Waljama group (ASWJ) shut down 5 radio stations and arrested more than 7 of their staff.   

Many journalists lost their lives because of reporting sensitive issues including corruption. Somalia appears on the top spot of the committee to protect journalists annual impunity index.

Conflict 

At least three civilians died and undisclosed number of others injured after fierce fighting between two clan militias broke out in Beled-Hawo town of Gedo region. 

According to sources, killing several men including traditional elders motivated the fighting but the situation remains calm. 

Meanwhile, two warring clans in Sool region embraced talks after deadly clashes in remote villages in the region. Officials from Puntland state and respected traditional elders succeeded to mediate the two warring tribes. 

Dozens of civilians died in the latest battle in Qoriley and Magaley settlements.  

In the south-west provinces, two people died and others sustained injuries in an attack on an al-shabaab camp in Bay region. The attack has begun when forces loyal to The South-west state moved to new areas in Ufurow town to expand their control in the region. AMISOM and the Somali army are on track to end the many fronts which 

al-shabaab is now fighting against them including rural grounds in the Southern part of the country.

Al-shabab has been suffering for a while but they still manage to carry out hit-and-run attacks.

On Thursday, the group claimed the burning of two Ethiopian military vehicles in Bardhere town of Gedo region and the militant organisation may still have the power to launch attacks on government and AMISOM bases.

Finally, Somalis humble cabinet has approved the implementation of a disability Rights Policy while the government also signed a five-year agreement with the world Bank which covers salaries for government staff and regional administrations worker’s too.

Let’s hope the institutions will manage it well.

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