Somali government shuts down newspaper, arrests editor


Somali security forces shut down a newspaper and arrested an editor, the Somali journalists’ union said on Sunday, the latest crackdown in what reporters say is a climate of intimidation.

According to the National Union of Somali Journalists, the Intelligence officers stormed the offices of Xog Ogaal, confiscated computers and cameras, and detained an editor, Abdi Adan Guled, on Saturday night.

“This has all the hallmarks of state security harassment and hounding of a leading independent journalist,” said Omar Faruk Osman, the union’s secretary general. “Abdi Adan Guled is the latest victim in a prevailing situation of persecution of independent voices in the Somali media.” Reuters reports.

It was unclear why Guled was arrested, but the union said it was the first time the government had acted against the paper, which has been publishing since 1991.

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