Press freedom state in Somalia 2021: Silent journalists through targeted attacks, restrictions and censorship among precarious working conditions
MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 10, 2022 – Somali journalists are once again subjected to violence and deliberate attacks by security forces in the federal government, regional states and the al-Shabaab militant group. Covering insecurity, the continuing stalemate in federal elections and reports of allegations of human rights abuses, abuses of power and corruption within the government are a key red line for Somalia’s media professionals. Journalists who try to cover these issues often face arbitrary deprivation of liberty, death threats, harassment and threats and many are forced to self-censor themselves. As the country is still in a critical transition period from the end of 2021, the problems have increased even more.
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