The Secretary General of the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) canceled his travel to Mogadishu, Somalia due to deliberate threats and intimidation messages from Somalia by unknown people.
Mr. Daud was intimidated to be killed if he tries to arrive to Mogadishu and the intimidator’s expressed to him that he will not be protected anymore if he arrives at Somalia capital of Mogadishu.
He was instrumental person to fight Somalia press freedom and freedom of expression as well as human rights issues in Somalia over the last seven (7) years. Mr. Daud Abdi Daud made a tremendous attack ‘terrible miscarriage of justice’ as woman and journalist who interviewed her are sentenced one year prison in Mogadishu on February 5, 2013.
When was sentenced a journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, and a woman who had alleged rape by the security forces, Daud Abdi Daud spoke out in court, saying that journalists have the right to interview people. After he reportedly added that he would even seek to interview the president’s wife, the police arrested him.
He was also a key person to facilitate journalists dialogues on the media law and member of appointed tusk force committee whose aim is to deal with the government institutions by the draft media law. Recently, Mr. Daud did media interviews regarding the draft media law and commented the draft media law several times with various media outlets in Somalia.
Mr. Daud Abdi Daud now believes that the current state of press freedom and freedom of expression in Somalia is a devastating one with a lot of worry and many Somali media are not able to report the situation as it is because of fear and reprisal from both sides that are straggling the policy in the country.
“Obviously, the hand of the Somali journalist couldn’t write on the paper what is in the heard of the journalist but it believes to write what it believes it will be safe”said Mr. Daud Abdi Daud of SOMESHA
“The lack of independence of the Somali journalists and poor capacity or poor professionalisms became the major obstacle to establish a proper collaboration and network within the media sector of Somalia”.”In generally, the Somali media could play a vital role for the reconciliation in order to return law and order in the country Somalia but because of the above said problem they lost their role and it is still a lost sector of the existing role”. Mr. Daud added
Somalia has been enjoying a period of relative stability since African Union forces pushed the Islamic militants of al-Shabaab out of most of their urban strongholds, including the capital. The rebels still control some rural areas and carry out sporadic bomb attacks in Mogadishu.