NAIROBI Oct 19 Somali security agents have
detained a journalist working for pan-Arab television network Al
Jazeera together with his cameraman and their driver and fixer,
the Qatari channel said on Wednesday.
The detentions come less than a week after the offices of a
Somali newspaper were raided and its editor held for three days.
Security forces and officials frequently detain or threaten
journalists whose coverage has offended them. The Islamist
militant group al Shabaab also frequently targets reporters.
Neither government nor intelligence officials could be
immediately reached for comment on the detentions.
The Doha-based satellite network said the journalist and his
crew were arrested on Tuesday in the capital Mogadishu.
"Al Jazeera Media Network have been in touch with him since
his detention and he is well. He was travelling with a driver,
fixer and cameraman, who were also detained," the statement
said. It did not disclose their names.
On Saturday, intelligence officers stormed the offices of
the Xog Ogaal newspaper, confiscating computers and cameras, and
detained an editor, according to the National Union of Somali
Journalists. He was released three days later.
Media outlets also say they may be subject to further
intimidation when repeatedly delayed elections to parliament and
the presidency are held - they are currently scheduled for Nov.
Somalia has been convulsed by instability, violence and
lawlessness since the early 1990s following the toppling of
military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 32
journalists were killed in the country from 2010 to 2015.
(Reporting by Katharine Houreld; Writing by Aaron Maasho;
Editing by Alison Williams)