Published On: Tue, Dec 6th, 2016

Independent media to be blocked from covering election

Somali federal government and the country’s electoral body are mulling to block to independent media outlets from the coverage of the forthcoming presidential election, Radio Shabelle has learnt.

During a closed door meeting held at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, leaders of the government and the electoral commission members  agreed on the media oppressive decision.

Only the state media will be given access to cover the presidential election and all the independent local and international media will be out of the polling station in Mogadishu, sources revealed.

The move is seen as an abuse and intimidation against the press freedom and free speech in Somalia, a country that has been marred by violence, power abuse and corruption in the past two decades.

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