The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) concerns over the horrific media censorships attacks going on in semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland in Somalia.
On Wednesday April 3, 2013 at around 11:00AM Puntland Ministry of Information issued an official directive letter indicating the shutting-down of three radio stations based in Puntland and named radio Daljir, One-Nation and Voice of Peace in which Signed by the Minister of Information.
As the anxiety was continued since when the restriction action taken by the Puntland Ministry of Information in seeking to prevent Puntland radio stations from broadcasting programming produced by Radio Ergo, Bar Kulan, and Radio Hirad issued although the radio stations rejected except radio Daljir who issued an statement on Tuesday April2, 2013 stating that they want to stop and will no longer continuing on rearing programmes from these three radios.
“The regulatory letter from Puntland Minister of Information H.E. Mohamud Aided Dirir is politically motivated campaign and has bilingual ricochet aim with a lot of worry; one is domestic intimidation over freedom of expression as Puntland goes to internal elections while other one is total censorship over story wiring powerful in order to cut the voice from the voiceless at grassroots level due to the generating the uncontrolled audio reports on the election or its other angles as humanitarian onset from outside Puntland to ground level “said Mr. Daud Abdi Daud who heads SOMESHA and has been tracking and fighting the media freedom since 2007.
“As the Paris and New York based media freedom watchdogs Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International were intentionally continuing to pressure Puntland authorities and entirely Somalia Policy Makers to end media censorship and impunity, we call again Global spreading out on Somalia media crisis’s specially the way Puntland authorities are planning to manage elections coverage”. Mr. Daud added
SOMESHA organically aims to support ethically the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and its chapter in Puntland (Media Association of Puntland “MAP”) and both led by Mr. Burhan Ahmed Dahir who is now in Puntland and furiously annoyed the Minister’s order to shut down media outlets without officially permitted arguments via Puntland constitution as regional sector and Somali wide.