Published On: Wed, Oct 26th, 2016

Radio Shabelle goes-off air to remember Govt shutdown

Radio Shabelle, an independent station in Mogadishu has went off air for two hours to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of a shut down by Somali government forces in 2013.

The station has been harassed, intimidated and arrested for several time by the government for covering reality on the ground, corruption, power abuse and mismanagement in the country.

The Radio went back to operational at 4:00pm on Tuesday after two hours off air.

High-ranking government officials, scholars, international human rights organizations and Islamic preachers have condemned the harassment against Radio Shabelle and arrest of its staff members.

Latitie Bader, a researcher a human rights watch on Somalia said its time for justice and procure those committed the harassment and shutdown on Radio Shabelle and the journalists.

She said in an interview with Radio Shabelle that Radio Shabelle has done an incredible work for its people and endured difficult times of Al shabaab threats and government  intimidations over the past few years.

Shabelle Media Network (SMN) has lost 13 journalists, including directors who have been killed on the line of duty by armed groups in Somalia since its establishment in 2002.

The station has been forcefully evicted from its main headquarter near the airport by Somali government forces who destroyed the station’s equipment and shut down the radio.

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