Authorities in Puntland should immediately release journalist Ahmed Ali Kilwe, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Saturday.
Security forces in Garowe, the administrative capital of the semi-autonomous region of Somalia, have detained Ahmed, the founder of the news website Puntlandone.com, since July 2, according to media reports.
“Media reports and three journalists who cover Puntland who spoke to CPJ on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation said they believed Ahmed’s arrest was linked to a June 23 Facebook post that Ahmed wrote criticising the president of Puntland and his use of public funds,” the CPJ said.
In a statement on Friday, the press freedom group Media Association of Puntland (MAP) said senior Puntland officials had told them that counter-terrorism police detained Ahmed on the orders of President Abdiweli Ali for “posting articles impertinent to the Puntland president”.
- Written by Abdullahi
- Category: Somalia