Somalia

Delayed elections and political crisis: at least eight killed in opposition protests and clashes

On 19th February 2021, two weeks after the expiry of the president's and National Assembly's mandate, opposition groups took to the streets in Mogadishu to protest against the delayed elections, to demand the stepping down of president Farmaajo and increased inclusion in the election demands. Somali military police, also known as Harmacad, reportedly occupied the streets leading to the planned protest site, and clashes between opposition protesters and government troops ensued. Gunfire and explosions were heard sporadic heard in Somalia's capital, with protesters claiming that they were attacked by government forces first. Read more

Delayed elections and political crisis: at least eight killed in opposition protests and clashes

Journalist arrested, protesters denounce remarks by French president

residents in the towns of El Waq and Beled Hawo in the Gedo region hold demonstrations to protest the presence of Kenyan forces in the town; hundreds of people march through Mogadishu, Somalia and Burao, Somaliland to protest recent remarks by President Emmanuel Macron of France, concerning his plans to continue publishing cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed; concerns continue to be raised about the effects of the new Media Law; Read more

Journalist arrested, protesters denounce remarks by French president

Journalists face persistent onslaught, new media law further threatens expression

Protesters arrested while demonstrating around upcoming elections; journalists detained while covering protests; media outlets fined over content; new legislation further stifles journalists' work; internet shutdown after Prime Minister impeachment Read more

Journalists face persistent onslaught, new media law further threatens expression

Journalists bear the brunt of repression of expression in Somalia

Journalists detained for reporting on COVID-19 related issues, local radio station banned from broadcasting in local Brawanese dialect, Journalists harassed and assaulted by police officers while covering protest, journalist Said Yusuf Ali stabbed to death in Mogadishu Read more

Journalists bear the brunt of repression of expression in Somalia

HRD Killed by Stray Bullet, journalists harassed and detained

Somali-Canadian activist Almaas Elman killed by a stray bullet in Mogadishu; new report by defendDefenders shows the role played by human rights lawyers in Somalia/Somaliland as they struggle to handle sensitive cases within a clashing cultural and religious context; journalists harassed and beaten by police officers. Read more

HRD Killed by Stray Bullet, journalists harassed and detained

Journalists face attacks, arrests and murder in line of duty

Women in Galkayo protest against a surge in rapes in the area, armed individuals stormed Universal TV offices and shot indiscriminately, Canadian journalist and writer Hodan Nalayeh killed during a 14 hour hotel siege carried out by Al Shabab in Kismayo, several journalists arrested in separate occasions while in the course of duty. Read more

Journalists face attacks, arrests and murder in line of duty