A court in Mogadishu has dropped charges against journalist working for GoobJoog Media Group. He was accused of leaks on Secondary Schools’ national exams.
Ali Adan Mumin was arrested over an alleged post on Facebook which claimed that he saw the leaked exam papers of the national secondary school exams which were due to recommence on Saturday 27 of May 2019.
The exams had been cancelled previously due to leakage on Social Media. This week, the High Court has allowed the request from the Ministry of Education to block Social Media if they deemed its threat to the integrity of the exams.
Ali’s employer, Goobjoog Media Group, says his arrest was unlawful. Yesterday they confirmed the arrest of their employee saying he had received an arrest warrant from the Somali CID.
Journalists in Somalia face a constant threat of intimidations, arrests and in extreme cases murder.
Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) called Somali government for the immediate and unconditional release of Goobjoog TV and Radio reporter, Ali Adan Mumin.
“We have visited the CID headquarters and we were told that officials from the Ministry of Education requested the arrest of our colleague Ali Adan Mumin,” director Hassan told SJS. “They also informed us that he will remain in jail until investigations on his case start without giving clear time and date.”
Dozens of journalists were killed since the start of civil war in Somalia in 1991.