FESOJ denounces six-month prison sentence of impartial journalist

The Federation of Somali Newshounds (FESOJ) condemns the conviction and jail sentence passed down nowadays towards the deputy director of Goobjoog Media Crew charged underneath articles 328 and 269 “Newsletter or circulate of false, exaggerated or tendentious knowledge able to tense public order” and “Situation of reciprocity” of Somalia’s harsh and out of date Penal Codes which had come into power in 1964.

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With the presence of FESOJ and journalist contributors nowadays, July 29, 2020 in Banadir Regional Court docket, the presiding pass judgement on Mohamud Yasin mentioned he discovered in charge of journalist Abdiaziz Ahmed Gurbiye by means of breaching articles 328 ,269 of penal code and sentenced six-month prison time period which can also be purchased o transformed into advantageous and 5 million of Somali Shilling, identical to 200 $.

The sentencing of the journalist is referred to provisions of the Somali Penal Code, comes at a time when the President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmajo” had publicly dedicated to reforming out of date provisions within the nation’s felony code. He additionally mentioned his management supported finishing using felony regulation towards newshounds.

In step with protecting attorneys Dahir Mohamud, Barre Osman and Ahmed Abdirahman Dirie, the conviction of the journalist is unlawful and is without delay violating of the Provisional Charter of Somalia that absolutely promises freedom of speech and of the media and person stage each particular person has a proper loose to specific his critiques independently.

The accusations stemmed from Fb posts Abdiaziz made private web page that he manages, during which he alleged the federal government had mismanaged its COVID-19 reaction, and criticized President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo.

FESOJ requires the sentence to be overturned and for journalist Abdiaziz Ahmed Gurbiye to be launched straight away pending attraction.

Condemning the sentence meted out to Abdiaziz Ahmed Gurbiye, the Secretary Basic of FESOJ, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu described the six-month prison sentence as “a brutal and outrageous choice, and a flagrant violation of loose expression”.

“We condemn this harsh and unacceptable sentence which takes media repression in Somalila to report ranges. We can proceed to toughen our colleague till he will get his freedom again and the decision to be overturned,” Moalimuu mentioned.

“This ruling seems to be being driven again by means of the senior legitimate from Federal Executive of Somalia. The primary objective is to intimidate newshounds who’re responsible to govt. Somalia has constitutional promises of freedom of speech, however newshounds right here say they’re more and more dealing with intimidation aimed toward preventing them from operating tales vital of President Mohamed Abdulllahi (Farmaajo) and his management” FESOJ President Abadir Abdulkadir Elmi mentioned.

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