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US CONGRESSWOMAN CALLS ON FARMAAJO ADMINISTRATION TO STOP INTIMIDATION OF JOURNALISTS & CEASE ATTACKS ON FREEDOM OF PRESS
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US CONGRESSWOMAN CALLS ON FARMAAJO ADMINISTRATION TO STOP INTIMIDATION OF JOURNALISTS & CEASE ATTACKS ON FREEDOM OF PRESS

The ongoing intimidation campaign by Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency against Harun Maruf is deeply disturbing. These attacks, along with the April 14 arrest of Abdiaziz Ahmed Gurbiye for his work covering the impacts of COVID-19 in Somalia, are an unacceptable violation of basic human rights. The Somali central government has made crucial strides towards openness and the genuine protection of rights in the last several years, and I have been a staunch advocate for debt relief and other measures to help continue “... this progress. The increasing harassment, intimidation, and arrest of journalists including Harun and Abdiaziz threaten that progress, and I call on the Somali government to immediately cease these attacks on freedom of speech and freedom of the press,”