Radio Shabelle journalists undertake hunger strike in Mogadishu central prison
Mogadishu (Harar24) – A hunger strike has been undertaken by imprisoned Radio Shabelle and Sky FM journalists detained at Mogadishu’s central prison in protest of what they say is injustice and ill-treatment towards them.
Abdimalik Yusuf the owner of Shabelle and Sky FM, editor of Radio Shabelle Mohamed Bashir Hashi, Shabelle’s deputy news editor Ahmed Abdi Hassan and director of Sky FM Mohamud Arab have all began going on a hunger strike yesterday with some of them already being in a deteriorated situation after having been imprisoned for around forty five days.
“My colleagues have undertaken a hunger strike whilst being in Mogadishu’s central prison, after having suffered severe torture and bad treatment. We’re now afraid for their lives if this continues” a senior Radio Shabelle journalist told Harar24 who requested his name to be withheld of fear for his safety.
“Mohamad Bashir, who’s an editor at Radio Shabelle, is in a serious condition after his health has severely deteriorated. He was held for twenty two days at the Godka Jili’ow intelligence prison. He was electrocuted and beaten among other methods of torture. We request anyone who can intervene in the case of these journalists, who have until now been held without charge, to assist them in whatever way possible” he added.
Radio Shabelle and Sky FM radio stations were raided and closed down as security forces stormed their building in Mogadishu on 15th August this year. The Somali government eventually accused both radio stations of “inciting” against the government. Radio Shabelle has been targeted and closed down by authorities three times since 2007, while also having lost twelve journalists who were assassinated mostly in Mogadishu.