Local, International Media Rights Demand Release of Somali Media Freedom Activist

SJS Secretary-General, Abdalle Mumin (centre) speaks during a press conference in Mogadishu alongside FESOJ Secretary-General, Farah Omar on Monday 10 October 2022. PHOTO/SJS

The Federation of Somali Journalists (Fesoj), international media freedom organizations and rights groups have condemned the arrest of the secretary-general of the Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS).

Abdalla Mumin, journalist and media rights defender, was arrested Tuesday after he openly criticized a government order banning media and journalists from reporting on al-Shabab activities.

Federation of Somali Journalists,  international media freedom organizations and rights groups have called for his immediate release.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide and defends journalists’ rights, also calling for his release.

“CPJ calls for the immediate release of Somali Journalists Syndicate Secretary General Abdalle Ahmed Mumin who was arrested this afternoon (Tuesday), at the airport in Mogadishu, by intelligence officials,” CPJ said in a tweet. 

In a series of tweets, Mumin shared a Close Circuit Television video Tuesday allegedly showing security officers in the offices Monday after they left the office. 

The 41-second video shows three men in plain clothes and two in military uniform at the SJS office in Mogadishu at 6:29 in the evening. 

On Saturday, the Somali government banned at least 40 social media accounts for allegedly spreading al-Shabab messages and its terror activities.