Somali Journalist Held on State Security Charges

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

Somali officials say the Secretary General of the Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS), an organization that promotes media rights and press freedom, was arrested on security-related charges.

In a statement, the ministry of information said Abdalla Muumin detention was linked to his journalistic work, but it did not provide a reason for his arrest and the charges against the media rights defender.

Muumin was arrested Tuesday after criticizing the government’s blanket ban on media and journalists broadcasting al-Shabab activities.

The government issued a directive on October 8 banning the media from disseminating al-Shabab messages that can be a threat to national security.

Local and international journalists unions have condemned the government order and called for the immediate release of Abdalla Muumin.