The Editor of Shabelle Radio, Mohamed Bashir Hashi has been released on bail after spending 198 days in prison on trumped-up charges of fabrication and terrorism acts.
Media colleagues and Shabelle workers welcomed the decision of the Mogadishu court. Three other Shabelle journalists including their director were released recently and this decision demonstrates the weakness of the prosecution case against the journalists.
The released journalist was arrested on 6th September 2014 by armed men from Somali’s National Intelligence and security Agency. He was kept in Godka Jilicow facility managed by (NISA) and was later transferred to the central prison of Mogadishu.
Mohmaed Dahidr, director of Sky FM and Ahmed Abdi Hassan, Shabelle journalist both were freed on 2 March after paying hefty of fine.
Media groups in Mogadishu have urged to drop the all cases against the journalist and give his a fully freedom to exercise his freedom of speech.