Somali government frees detained journalists

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Posted: Mar 30, 2011 10:48 AM
Somali government frees detained journalists

A Somali journalist says security agents released two journalists arrested four days ago for allegedly reporting inaccuracies on fighting between government forces and Islamist insurgents.

Mohamed Bashir Hashi of Radio Shabelle said Wednesday that the station's editor Abdi Mohamed Ismael and director Abdirashid Omar Qase were released after intelligence officers found that they were innocent.

The two were released a day after a stray bullet wounded journalist Ahmed Hassan as he covered a soccer match in Mogadishu, Somalia's violence-wracked capital.

Somalia is one of the most dangerous places for journalists to work in. The country has been mired in anarchy and chaos since warlords overthrew longtime dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.