SJS concerned over rising cases of attacks on journalists

The Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) has expressed significant concern regarding the escalating attacks on journalists in Somalia, highlighting this issue on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI). The SJS underscored the worrisome increase in violence targeting independent media and journalists in the country, emphasizing the complete absence of investigations into […]

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Somali authorities free journalist after 56 days in detention

A freelance journalist who had been detained in Somalia for 56 days has been cleared of all charges. The Banadir Regional Court declared Mohamed Bulbul (pictured) free on Wednesday after it found him not guilty of all charges against him. According to the Somali Journalists Syndicate where Bulbul also works as information and human rights […]

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Trial for a British-Somali female journalist adjourned in Hargeisa

The hearing in the case against journalist Busharo Ali Mohamed (known as Bushaaro Baanday) was postponed by the Hargeisa court on Sunday, marking her eighth appearance before the Marodi Jeeh Court, according to the Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS). Busharo, a British-Somali journalist, was arrested on May 15, 2023, upon her return to Somaliland via the […]

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SJS condemns wanton attack on journalists by Somalia and Somaliland governments

The Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) has condemned arrests against journalists and media community in Mogadishu, Banadir region and Wajale town in Somaliland, the latest in a string of attacks against journalists. On 10 February 2023, SJS lawyer and legal adviser for the journalists, Abdirahman Hassan Omar sustained multiple injuries after he was attacked by four […]

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Journalist freed in Mogadishu in surprise move hours after conviction

A Somali journalist said he had been freed from jail Monday just hours after a court handed down a two-month sentence on security charges, a case widely criticized by rights campaigners and media advocacy groups. Abdalle Ahmed Mumin was arrested in October last year after the government announced a crackdown on media outlets that publish […]

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Somali government prosecutes journalists union leader

Somali government on Wednesday began the prosecution of the secretary-general of the Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) Abdalle Ahmed Mumin who continues to face severe restrictions since October last year. Abdalle Mumin was presented before the Banadir Regional Court in Mogadishu with his lawyers, media representatives and a dozen of journalists. Several members of the Somali […]

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SJS and SOMA condemn Somaliland’s suspension on independent TV

Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) and the Somali Media Association (SOMA) strongly condemn the suspension against the privately-owned independent CBA television in Hargeisa by the Somaliland Ministry of Information on Wednesday. On Wednesday 7 September, Somaliland Minister of Information, Suleyman Yusuf Ali Koore issued a letter in which he suspended CBA TV headquarters in Hargeisa. Citing the region’s […]

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Media Watchdogs condemn detention of BBC staff in Somaliland

The Somali Journalists Syndicate has condemned police in Somaliland for briefly detaining five journalists with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Saturday. BBC broadcasts in Somaliland remained off the air Monday following a ban imposed last week by authorities. The Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) and the Somali Media Association (SOMA) on Monday called for authorities […]

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