Somali state TV accused of refusing to air presidential candidates’ meeting

The state-owned Somali National TV (SNTV) has been accused of refusing to cover the conference of the presidential candidates which has been ongoing in the capital, Mogadishu, for the last four days.

At least 12 presidential candidates have been holding discussions in a Mogadishu hotel on the upcoming elections and the challenges facing it.

“We met today with the media fraternity & discussed the situation in the country and the dangers facing the transition period. I thank them for their extensive coverage of the conference,” Wadajir Party Leader and one of the presidential candidates meeting in Mogadishu, said in a tweet.

“However, it’s unfortunate that the national TV, which operates using taxpayers money, has refused to air the activities of the conference,” Warsame added.

The SNTV has in the past been accused of bias against the opposition.

The leaders have accused the government of appointing civil servants and intelligence agents to the electoral bodies tasked with overseeing the upcoming polls in order to influence the election results.