Two private TV channels in Somalia suspended

Authorities in Somali have suspended the activities of two private TV channels namely Horyaal 24TV and Eryal TV, accusing them of inciting violence, according to station manager and a press rights group. 

Police entered the offices of both media to put an immediate end to their activities, which were accused of broadcasting content that are threatening to the national security. Both stations received signed letters from Mohamed Muse Dirie, Minister of Information. According to Mohamed Osman Mireh, chairman of Horyaal 24TV and Adan Aideed Abdi, owner of Eryal TV they did not receive a copy of the closure letter and did not understand the charges.

“The arbitrary closure of the television stations is a deliberate assault on freedom of expression and of the media and shows a total disregard for citizens’ fundamental right to receive information,” said National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) General Secretary Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu.