There are better and more civilized ways of dealing with such cases than arresting and detaining journalists, for instance, the Puntland authorities could have filed a case and bring Ahmed Kilwe to court.
‘’The act of the security forces to arrest him shows the intolerance towards criticism and is against the rule of law and the right to freedom of expression,’’ said Omar Mohamed, MAP’s Communication and Advocacy Director.
Elsewhere media practitioners have come out in numbers condemning the arrest of Kilwe and have called for the Puntland authorities on the immediate release of the Journalist. Journalists have also expressed and cautioned the Government’s harsh actions against the journalist just because of expressing his views on the Puntland President.
Media Association of Puntland firmly demands from the Puntland President H.E Abdiweli Ali Gaas for the immediate release of Ahmed Ali Kilwe, if the President isn’t comfortable with Kilwe’s Social Media posts then Mr. President should abide by the legal procedures and go to court. The continued detention of Kilwe is a continued fundamental attack to the provisions of Human rights, Puntland and Somali constitution and a human disrespect not only to Kilwe but also to the entire Puntland society.
For a number of years now, Somalia has had the dubious distinction of being among the most “dangerous countries” for journalists in the world, according to national and international watchdogs monitoring freedom of expression. The Somali media remains challenged by censorship, intimidation, harassment, unlawful detention, imprisonment and mysterious assassinations bearing the hallmarks of extremism and political instigation.