Somali security forces detain Goobjoog News editor

Somali security forces have arrested the deputy director of Goobjoog Media Group, who is also the editor of Goobjoog News, Abdiaziz Ahmed Gurbiye.

The journalist was summoned this morning to Hodan police station in Mogadishu for interrogation where he was later detained.

No reason was given for the journalist’s arrest. However, some media reports indicate that his arrest is linked to a Facebook post he wrote in which he alleged that President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo took a ventilator meant for Covid-19 patients from a hospital in Mogadishu.

Goobjoog Media Group condemned editor Gurbiye’s detention and termed it a violation of freedom of expression and independence of the media.

A Somali media body, the Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ) has also condemned the journalist’s arrest.

“FESOJ condemns the arrest of Goobjoog editor Abdiaziz Ahmed Gurbiye arrested by the security forces on Tuesday. It is not clear the reason behind his arrest. Journalist’s case is a civil rather than criminal case so his detention is so worrying during pandemic COVID-19,” the body said in a tweet.