Silencing journalists with targeted attacks, restrictions and censorship in precarious working conditions
MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 10, 2022 – Somali journalists have once again been subjected to violence and deliberate attacks by security forces from the federal government, regional states and the militant group al-Shabaab. Insecurity, the continuing stalemate in federal elections, and reports of allegations of human rights violations, abuse of power and corruption in government are the key red line for media professionals in Somalia. Journalists who seek to cover these issues are often victims of arbitrary detention, death threats, harassment and intimidation, and many are forced to self-censor. With the country still in a critical transition period at the end of 2021, the problems have escalated further.