Journalist jailed in Somalia

Puntland court jails journalist for interviewing Muslim leader with ties to fighters.

    There has been a spike in violence in
    Puntland in recent months [AFP]

    'Flagrant violation'

    Paris-based watchdog Reporters Without Borders said: "Mire's jail sentence and the arbitrary detention of his seven colleagues for several hours ... constitute flagrant and deliberate press freedom violations by the Puntland authorities."

    Last month, Sheikh Atom vowed to wage a holy war against Puntland's leaders until his strict interpretation of sharia law prevails. The United Nations says Sheikh Atom is one of the principal suppliers of arms and ammunition for Somalia's al-Shabaab group in Puntland.

    Somalia is one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists. Last year nine were killed and some foreign reporters have been kidnapped by rebels and held for ransom.

    A major pirate base, Puntland has been relatively stable compared with the rest of Somalia/ But violence and instability have spiked in the region in recent months.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.