Somalia: Puntland Journalists seek court action against Information Minister

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GAROWE, Somalia-Media Association of Puntland (MAP) is planning to launch a lawsuitagainst Information Minister Mohamud Hassan So’adde for his failure to withdraw controversial remarks on the freedom of press, MAP Chairman Faisal Khalif Bare told reporters in the capital, Garowe on Sunday.

MAP and members of media fraternity in the northeastern state said, the Minister seems to be intent on intimidating journalists from their work in light of his recent comments that set off a storm of criticism nationwide. 

In an audio recording provided by Puntland-based independent station, Radio Daljir, the Information Minister threatened media workers with “bullets”. 

The government later moved to close down Daljir FM stations for interviewing former Bari governor.  

During a press briefing in front of Nugal first degree court, Bare criticized So’adde for undermining independent news outlets.  

Continuing, he appealed to Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali to pay attention to the “deeply concerning” agendas of the minister while stressing that media played a vital role in projecting a better image of the state.  

“We will take appropriate court action against Mohamud Hassan So’adde tomorrow on July 11,” unveiled Mr Bare. 

Puntland media fraternity previously accused So’adde of using position of authority to see media independence weaken.  

By Saturday, the Information Ministry ordered all media houses to register with the government, setting a July 25 deadline for compliance.

GAROWEONLINE 

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