Rep. Omar’s Statement on Press Freedom in Somalia
MINNEAPOLIS—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement after Somalia labeled Voice of America journalist Harun Maruf a “threat” to security.
“In my work as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and as a Member of Congress, protecting the right to press freedom has been absolutely central to my policies and beliefs. Whether it is demanding accountability for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, advocating for the release of imprisoned journalists, or insisting on the right of the press to cover domestic issues without intimidation here at home, I make no exceptions in my view that a free press is fundamental to an open, democratic society.
“The ongoing intimidation campaign by Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency against Harun Maruf is deeply disturbing. These attacks, along with the April 14 arrest of Abdiaziz Ahmed Gurbiye for his work covering the impacts of COVID-19 in Somalia, are an unacceptable violation of basic human rights.
“The Somali central government has made crucial strides towards openness and the genuine protection of rights in the last several years, and I have been a staunch advocate for debt relief and other measures to help continue this progress. The increasing harassment, intimidation, and arrest of journalists including Harun and Abdiaziz threaten that progress, and I call on the Somaligovernment to immediately cease these attacks on freedom of speech and freedom of the press.”
First AU soldier tests positive for #Covid19. The soldier was based at Mogadishu seaport, has been in the country for around 6 months, AMISOM source. AMISOM says it put in place protocols at MHQs, including awareness campaign, water points, disinfectants https://t.co/hxwU6YsOuC
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) April 28, 2020
Good point. Remember, on the same day that #Ethiopia announced the closure of its land borders due to #coronavirus, there were reports of Ethiopian troop movements in #Somalia! https://t.co/S5ygCRJEl1 pic.twitter.com/c0APH7FBX5
— Somaᴮᴸᴼᴳᴳᴱᴿ (@SomaliaNewsroom) April 28, 2020
The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum referred to our Guardian report on the health & environmental impact of oil/gas exploration in the #Ogaden basin as ‘false,’ ‘base-less’ and far from the truth, days after signing a gas commercialisation agreement -> https://t.co/2GPoDX6iZP
— Juweria (@BJuweria) April 28, 2020
The ministry of mines & petroleum doesn’t care the suffering of Somali people in Somali region all they care about the revenue they get from Ogaden gas,Jeweria, Guardians report shed a light the suffering of millions live near gas and oil fields, we need independent investigation
— Eng: Ahmed Mukhtar, Director of TILMAAN TV (@ahmedmukhtar01) April 28, 2020