Puntland suspends Somali National TV over “false” reporting
Mogadishu (Harar24) – The semi-autonomous authorities of Puntland have officially banned the “Somali National TV” from operating in its region.
The banning of the Somali government owned SNTV was decreed in a statement issued to the media by the Puntland Interior Ministry, due to what it deemed as “false reporting”.
“We inform all those whom it may concern over the closing of the SNTV branch in Puntland” read the statement signed by the deputy interior minister. “SNTV has made false allegations and smeared Puntland over the outstanding work done by its government and people in regards to the refugees fleeing Yemen” the statement added.
Since the beginning of Saudi led coalition bombing on Yemen after the recent takeover of the country by the Iranian backed Houthi militias, including the capital Sanaa, many Yemenis and Somalis have fled the conflict seeking refuge in parts of Somalia, including Puntland’s commercial port town Bosaso.
This decision by Puntland comes amidst recurring disagreements between the Somali government based in Mogadishu and semi-autonomous state of Puntland, with the most recent being the controversial creation of the Central State consisting of Galgadadud and Mudug regions, with Puntland claiming that parts of its region where absorbed into the newly created state.