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Network 2013 condemns the Closure of two Radio Stations in Guri El

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Network 2013 strongly condemns the closure of two radio stations on Friday morning, 21st August, 2015 in Galgadud,

Star FM and Galgadud Radio were forced to cancel their broadcast programmes after armed militia from Ahlu Sunna raided and shut down both stations; the Network 2013 repudiates all attempts to intimidate and to manipulate media by Ahlu Sunna as wholly unjustified assaults on press freedom.

On may 2015 the Ahlu Sunna in Guriel imposed stern directives to the media and the journalists in Guri El, which read 1) The media should stop reporting with immediate effects all news and information related to the conference going on in the town of Adado in Galgadud aimed at the formation of the regional administration of Galgaduud and Mudug. 2) To stop reporting all news related to the Federal Government of Somalia, 3) To stop the relay broadcast of the government run radio Mogadishu, 4) To report all information and news related to ahlu Sunna Waljama without edit 5) To establish full
collaboration with Ahlu Sunna authority in Galgadud.
On May 17th 2015 Ahlu Sunna arrested FM journalist Abdulkadir Gure, and took Galgadud radio off the air. They released the journalist two days later without charges and allowed the radio to start the operation.
In a separate incident, the Ahlu Sunna authority in Guriel in Central Somalia detained Osman Mohamed Adan, correspondent of the Somali National Television (SNTV) based in Guriel, on Tuesday 19 May, 2015 for 24 Hours, then released on bail on the next day Wednesday 20 May, 2015 and ordered his immediate deportation, In July 31st, 2015 Ahlu Sunna arrested six journalists in Dhusoamareb , Five of them were sentenced to 2 months in jail but released one day later. The journalists fled Dhuso Mareb and now live in Adado town in Galgadud. Radio Codka Bartamaha in Dhuso Mareb went off the air after journalists quitted their work for fear.

The Network 2013 denounces all forms of pressure on journalists, which make it impossible for media to work professionally and which severely compromise the physical safety of Somali journalists.

Network 2013 calls on Ahlu Sunna to respect media freedom, unconditionally stop intimidating journalists and allow silenced radio station to resume operations.

Star FM, Radio Galgadud and Radio Codka Bartamaha are members of the Network -2013 in Central Somalia

Note for the Editors

The Network 2013 – Somali Media Forum Was founded in Kampala at 13 February 2013 by 13 Radio Stations across Somalia and Signed the basic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Network ,

The purpose of the Network is to promote the principles of a free, independent and professional Somali media dedicated to advancing peace, reconciliation and democratic values, and in particular to strengthen the capacity of radio stations as public service providers for the Somali community, thereby contributing to peace, reconciliation and development.

the Members of the Radio Station include:- Radio Risaala, Radio Kulmiye, , Radio Mustaqbal , Radio Gool, Radio Hurmo, Radio Iftin, Radio Wadaag, Radio Kasmo, Radio Star Fm – Somalia, Radio AlNuur, Radio IQK, Radio Star Fm – Kenya, Radio Daljir, Radio Codka Nabadda, Radio Garowe, Radio Abud-waq. Radio Dhusamareb, Radio Voice of Central Regions, Radio Galgadud, Radio Warsan, Radio Baido, Radio Hiiran Weyn Radio Voice of Mudug, Radio Jowhar

The Nework 2013 is funded by FOJO Media Institute, International Media support (IMS), Also the Network 2013 is member of the Somalia South-Central Non-State Actors (SOSCENSA) and The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) is an international network of media assistance groups.

For further Information Please contact

Ismail Sheik Khalifa

Tel. +252 615-576080

ismail@network2013.org

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Somaliland Head To Polls For Councillors And MPs On May 31, 2021 Last updated May 31, 2021

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Voters in the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland are heading to the polls on May, 31 to choose their member of parliament for the first time since 2005.

Somaliland broke off from mainland Somalia after the regime of Siad Barre in 1991.

The 5.2 Million citizens of Somaliland will be making yet another stab at global recognition as some 1.3 million voters head to the polls to choose 82 members of parliament and 247 local councils.

An election whose measure of democracy Somaliland hopes to use in its quest to certify its sovereignty.

Somaliland’s three political parties in the polls are opposition politicians Faisal Warabe’s UCID, Wadani led by another opposition leader Abdirahman Erye and President Muse Bihi Kulmiye party.

The elections is observed by over a hundred international observers including Uganda’s former opposition leader, Kizza Besigye and ex-president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Korma.

”Our visit to the headquarters of the Somaliland National Electoral Commission left us with a good impression about the Commission’s preparedness to conduct peaceful and credible elections,” said in a Twitter post.

The elections are taking place in six regions of Somaliland, namely Awdal, Sahil, Marodi-Jeeh, Toghdeer, Sanaag and Sool.

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3 Somalia Regional States Say No To Farmaajo Term Extension.

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The regional state leaders of Southwest, HirShabelle, and Galmudug allied with incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo have opposed to any form of extension on Tuesday evening.

In a joint statement Galmudug and HirShabelle called for dialogue based on 17 September pact.

“We agreed that the country should hold elections as soon as possible and that any form of extension should be abolished,” read part of the joint statement by HirShabelle and Galmudug.

Southwest leader Abdiaziz laftagaren also opposed the term extension of the President just an hour after Galmudug and HirShabelle released a joint statement.

The move by the three regional states allied to President was welcomed by Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble who also instructed the military commanders to pull back forces to their locations and barracks.

“I would like to welcome the press statements made by Galmudug and HirShabelle federal states, ” PM Roboe said in a statement.

“I call on the FMS states of Puntland and Jubaland and Benadir region to fully commit to a peaceful process in our efforts to hold free and inclusive election, ” he added.

United Nations, United Kingdom, United States and opposition leaders including former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud commended the move by the regional states.

“The UN in Somalia noting statements by Qoorqqor, Ali Gudlawe, PM Roble and others recalls int’l partners position: consensus is vital for any electoral process; only 17 September model can be endorsed by FGS and all FMS; all parties must reject violence and resume dialogue, ” the United Nations said.

The development comes as families in some parts of Mogadishu fleed from their residences and moved to other district followings clashes.

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Somali Gov’t Warns Al-Shabaab & ISIS Will Capitalize On SNA Faction Clashes.

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Somali National Security Minister Hassan Hundubey has warned opposition groups to be wary of “unknown elements” including Al-Shabaab and Daesh who might seek to use the current crisis to inflict harm to the public.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday said that the government may take action to confront people with the “behaviour of militias” who are taking advantage of the situation.

“The government has enough troops to take control of the city. It is Ramadan, but more actions need to be taken to prevent it.” mr. Hundebey said.

”The reason the prime minister called for dialogue is that the government does not want the fighting to affect the residence,” he added.

The remarks by the interior minister come hours after the international partners strongly condemned the outbreak of violence in the capital.

“We are alarmed especially by the emerging fragmentation of the Somali National Army along clan lines, which detracts from its primary task of combating Al Shabab and protecting the Somali population. Use of security forces for the pursuit of political objectives is unacceptable” the statement read in part.

As tensions increase in Mogadishu following Sunday clashes between government soldiers and those who were against President Farmaajo’s two years term extension.

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