Somalia: A Ugandan and Ghanian Face Deportation Over Unauthorized Media Activities in Somalia
The Ministry of Information of the Federal Government of Somalia has officially ordered the deportation of two foreigners who were alleged to have entered the country illegally and engaged on unnoticed journalism activities in Mogadishu.
The Ministry's move came following complaints by the National Union of Somali Journalists [NUSOJ and local journalists who protested against "unlawful use" of the union's name for unauthorized even that was planned to be held in Mogadishu this weekend with the name of NUSOJ and the IFEX.
The two foreigners- a Ugandan and Ghanian nationals were arrested from their hotel in Mogadishu after the National Security Agency NISA banned their unnoticed event. The foreigners were then given restrictions of movement until Monday morning as they deported from the country.
Deputy Minister of Information Mr Abdullahi Olad Rooble said the arrest and the deportation of the two foreigners was meant to defend the rights of the journalists and protect the country's laws.
"The Ministry ordered the investigation after we have listened to the concerns of the leaders of NUSOJ and the journalists. Any infringement against the laws will not be tolerated." the deputy minister said during an event held in Mogadishu by NUSOJ in partnership with VIKES, a Finnish based media foundation.
Both NUSOJ and SIMHA hailed the ministry's move to deport the foreigners while calling the international media organizations to closely collaborate with the recognized media organizations and avoid further misinformation.
On Sunday, an interview with Dalsan Radio, NUSOJ Secretary General Mohamed Ibrahim said that the union and the journalists were glad to see the Somali government's commitment in responsibly responding to their calls for immediate intervention.