STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
His Excellency PrimeMinister Abdi Farah Shirdon today called for due process to be observed both in a forthcoming appeal case and in the detention of a radio journalist in Mogadishu.
“We have an independent judiciary in Somalia and although the government cannot and must not be involved in the administration of justice, I am urging due process to be followed at all times.”
The Prime Minister said that the Independent Task Force on Human Rights, which was launched on 5 February and will be looking at human rights abuses committed during the past 12 months, was a big step forward and a clear reflection of the government’s priorities.
“I reiterate my government’s commitment to a free press and freedom of speech. Journalists should feel that they are not alone. It is essential that they are able to work freely and effectively without facing additional difficulties.”
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Prime Minister’s Media Office
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