VIOLATIONS AND ABUSES OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN SOMALIA

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    VIOLATIONS AND ABUSES OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN SOMALIA

    SOMALIA: "WE LIVE IN PERPETUAL FEAR": VIOLATIONS AND ABUSES OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN SOMALIA 13 February 2020, Index number: AFR 52/1442/2020.

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SOMALIA: "WE LIVE IN PERPETUAL FEAR": VIOLATIONS AND ABUSES OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN SOMALIA 13 February 2020, Index number: AFR 52/1442/2020.

Since late 2017, media freedom in Somalia has been suppressed by the Federal Government of Somalia’s security forces and officials, authorities in regional states and by the armed group Al-Shabaab. This report documents allegations of threats, harassment and intimidation of the media including physical attacks, killings and attempted killings of journalists, arbitrary arrests, harassment and intimidation of journalists and other critics and restrictions on access to information. In addition, it documents new techniques employed by the authorities to bribe media outlets to engage in self-censorship—with the aim of getting positive media coverage—and through online harassment, intimidation and social media manipulation. The report calls on the government to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the right to freedom of expression, and media freedom before, during and after the elections expected in 2021, including by providing a conducive and safe environment for journalists and other media practitioners to report on sensitive and public interest-related issues.

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