Ministry clarifies the arrest of journalists
The Director and Editor of Shabelle Media were arrested on Sunday for broadcasting news that misrepresented the situation in Mogadishu and that was detrimental to the national security.
The Ministry of Information, Posts & Telecommunications asked Shabelle to retract the story believing it to be factually incorrect and aiding the terrorists, which they were reluctant to do so. Later, the Ministry formally asked that Shabelle meet with the Ministry to discuss the matter. When Shabelle refused to cooperate, the Ministry asked the security agencies to take the issue further.
However, the Ministry offers further reassurance that the Government is seeking to resolve the issue with due process. The Government, as anyone, has the right to challenge media inaccuracies.
We consider it highly unprofessional those sensitive media reports are released without checking facts. While the Somali Government respects media freedom, we urge media practitioners to exercise due diligence in their reporting.
TFG's National Security Agency Summons Habar-Gidir Hawiye Clan Own Shabelle's Head of the News
Mogadishu — The ministry of information for the transitional federal government of Somalia on Thursday ordered TFG's national security agency (NSA) to summon Shabelle Media Network's head of the news to interrogate him about report Shabelle had broadcast.
In a letter from national security agency (NSA), the ministry of information of TFG ordered Abdi Mohammed Isma'il (ABDI UD), head of the news for Shabelle, a ocal radio station bases in Mogadishu to come to the headquarter of NSA on Saturday morning (8am) on 26th March, 2011."Abdi Mohammed Isma'il will be interrogated by national security agency reports (News-Story) about Somali president failed to visit a place Somali forces confiscated from Al shabaab" said the statement from the ministry.
In the past, Shabelle's executive director and head of the news were summoned by the ministry of information asking about the report of the president failing to pay visit to the frontlines. But, Shabelle administration said the news was valid and correct, telling them that some international news-outlets broadcasted the same story,
The statement had the signature Khalif Ahmed Ereg, head of TFG's national security agency (NSA) with these symbols WWB&/XAG/099/11, and issued 24-03-2011 at 10: 00am.
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