Freelance journalist gets two years in prison in Puntland on defamation charge

first_img Help by sharing this information February 24, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Receive email alerts to go further A court in Bosaso, the main port city of the semi-autonomous northern region of Puntland, yesterday sentenced freelance journalist Jama Ayanle Feyte to two years in prison, Reporters Without Borders has learned from its partner organisation in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).Feyte was not defended by a lawyer at the trial, which was held four days after he was arrested in Bosaso. He was accused of defamation and disseminating false information but the authorities did not specify what prompted the charges.“Feyte is the victim of a flagrant case of summary justice and must be freed without delay,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This conviction was clearly politically motivated as there were absolutely no grounds for the charges. We urge the Puntland authorities to adopt a law that protects press freedom and protects journalists from arbitrary arrest.”Several local sources said Feyte’s arrest on 26 March was ordered by Puntland interior minister Abdullahi Jama Ilkajir and could have been prompted by political comments Feyte had made about the region’s authorities. Feyte works for several local newspapers and the et websites. News January 8, 2021 Find out more RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Organisation Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somaliacenter_img SomaliaAfrica News March 2, 2021 Find out more News March 31, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist gets two years in prison in Puntland on defamation charge News Follow the news on Somalia RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region RSF_en last_img read more