SJS relieved by the freedom of SYL TV journalist following 24-hour secret detention

MOGADISHU, Somalia 18 April, 2024 – The Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) welcomes the release of journalist and SYL TV founder, Hussein Abdulle Mohamed, who had gone missing late on Tuesday, 16 April, 2024, after being summoned for a meeting with the director of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) in Mogadishu.

According to the journalist and other sources, Hussein was taken from
a hotel near the NISA headquarters at around 4:00 PM on Tuesday.
Following a meeting that lasted only 8 minutes inside the NISA
headquarters at the Habar Khadijo building in Mogadishu’s Shibis
District, he was transferred to the notorious Godka Jilacow facility,
where he was held overnight. He was released late on Wednesday.

“Thanks God. I got my freedom after 24 hours of kidnapping,” Hussein wrote on his Facebook page upon his freedom.

recently published several reports exposing NISA, including one
detailing expected sackings within the agency and another revealing an
abandoned borehole on the city outskirts allegedly used by security
forces to dump of the bodies of assassination victims. Some of these
reports have been deleted from SYLT TV platforms and Hussein’s Facebook

SJS expresses deep concern that under NISA’s new leadership,
attacks on journalists have resumed instead of conducting reforms. SJS
and its leadership have been among the victims of NISA’s gross human
rights violations in the past.

“We are relieved to have our
colleague back at work after his 24-hour disappearance. No charges were
filed against him. He was detained in a cell for 24 hours without
contact with family or lawyers. This is a gross violation,” said SJS
Secretary General Abdalle Mumin. “We urge the new leadership of NISA to
cease threats and censorship of journalists reporting on its misconduct.
Journalists play a crucial role in ensuring accountability for the
actions of security apparatuses, including NISA and other agencies. They
should be allowed to carry out their work without fear of threats or

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