On 14 September troops raided the offices of Radio Dajir in Garowe, in the semi-autonomous northern Somalian province of Puntland, searching the station’s offices while it was broadcasting live.
Radio Daljir journalists reported that the police were following an order by the Puntland Police Commissioner to arrest the station director, but did not have a warrant or summons.
The raid came after Radio Daljir aired reports alleging that guards working for the Police Commissioner had tortured and killed a prisoner accused of having links with a terrorist group.
On 15 September, police cordoned off the offices of Radio Daljir’s station in Bossasso for four hours as they searched the premises, this time looking for Daljir’s managing director, Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed. Police are reportedly still seeking to arrest Mr Mohamed and journalists Hassan Heykal and Ayanle Abdullahi Jama.
Radio Daljir issued a press release condemning the unlawful searches and inaccurate statements made by the Puntland Attorney General, who falsely claimed that a court order had been obtained for the searches.
The International Federation of Journalists also condemned the assaults and called on authorities to stop intimidating the press.