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Somalia: Spate of Arrests, Intimidation of Journalists

Expand Somali journalists in Mogadishu, Somalia December 29, 2019.  © REUTERS/Feisal Omar (Nairobi) – Somali authorities have been stepping up their intimidation of journalists as the country faces a growing number of Covid-19 cases. Since mid-April 2020 alone, authorities arbitrarily detained three journalists, accused two of various crimes, and prohibited a local radio station from broadcasting in a local dialect. As of April 30, Somalia had 601 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 28 deaths reported. The country is also scheduled to hold general elections in late 2020 or early 2021, possibly the…

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