The European Union has called upon the Federal Government of Somalia to advance press freedom in the country.
A statement by Maria Arena, the chair of the European Parliament’s subcommittee on Human Rights called authorities to carry out a prompt, impartial, independent, and thorough investigation into crimes against Journalists in the country.
“I call on the Somali government to carry out a prompt, impartial, independent, and thorough investigation into this heinous crime to bring those responsible to justice.” Said the chair of the EU parliament on human rights.
On the other hand, Mrs. Arena welcomed the move by President Farmajo’s government in reforming the penal code in an effort to advance press freedom in the country.
“I welcome the recent announcement by the President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, on reforming Somalia’s Penal Code of 1964, which has been used frequently to repress journalists expressing critical views.”
She called upon the Somaliland administration to release detained humanitarian Journalist, Abdimalik Muse Old who is Hargeisa prison.
“I also urge the Somaliland authorities to immediately and unconditionally release detained journalist Abdimalik Musse Oldon who was charged with spreading anti-national propaganda and disseminating false news.