The Appeals Court commenced the Hearing of the Somali Journalist’s Appeal against the verdict

Mogadishu, 20 February, 2013 | The appeals court in Mogadishu started the hearing of the appeal of  the Somali journalist, Abdiasis Abdinur Ibrahim who was sentenced to 1  year for interviewing a woman who was that she was raped.

The hearing which started around 11:10am on Wednesday morning started  in an atmosphere which the Somali journalists felt that “It was
properly handled and conducted.”  The defense lawyers were allowed to  defend in front of the law the journalist and the woman alleged that she was gang raped by the Somali security forces and were allowed to  present documents  and witnesses. The defense lawyers were allowed to  submit the documents and the presiding judge Hassan Mohamed Ali,  closed the court session announcing that the witnesses from the  defense lawyers will be heard on next Wednesday, 27 February, 2013.

The regional court on February denied the journalist’s lawyer to  defend and present to the judge documents clearing from the journalist  from what he has been accused for and sentenced him to one year in  prison.

“We are pleased with the way the procedure of the hearing was  conducted.” Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union  of Somali Journalists said, “We urge the appeals court to continue the  hearing in a fairly manner, which we believe our colleague, Abdiasis
Koronto will get his freedom back.”

In a separate incident, the National Union of Somali Journalists  (NUSOJ) conducted a workshop on Media Law consultation meeting last
Monday which all the media stakeholders including the directors, the  editors, the journalists attended.  They raised their concerns and  pointed out the number of the articles the media stakeholders  suggested to be considered as an amendment.  The Meeting which hosted  by Somalia South and Central Non-State Actors (SOSCENSA) suggested  another follow-up meeting to be hosted by SOSCENSA on Thursday which  Law experts will be invited.

The Ministry of Information, Posts, Telecommunication and Transport  launched the media and communication Law consultative process in a two  day workshop held at the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu, which the  Ministry handed over the media law to the stakeholders to have their  input.

For further information, please contact:
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)
Second Floor, Press House, Taleex Street, KM4 Area, Hodan District,
Mogadishu, Somalia, Tel: +252 1 859 944,


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