Sunday, March 27, 2011

An editor of a Somali radio station says the government has detained two journalists from his organization for allegedly reporting inaccuracies of fighting between government forces and Islamist insurgents.

Mohamed Bashir Hashi, the deputy editor of the independently owned Radio Shabelle, said Sunday that the stations editor Abdi Mohamed Ismael and director Abdirashid Omar Qase are being detained at the Central Investigations Department by intelligence officers.

Bashir said the two had been summoned by Somali intelligence to be questioned on a report aired by the station last week that heavy fighting between insurgents and government prevented Somalia's president from touring the front line to speaks to the soldiers. Somalia has been mired in war since 1991.


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