[Somalia] Journalist detained arbitrarily and charged for reporting on rape

English PEN joins the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International in protesting the charges brought against freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdnur Ibrahim over an unpublished interview with an alleged rape victim.

According to our information, Ibrahim, who has been detained since 10 January 2013, was charged on 29 January 2013 with insult to a national institution, publishing a media report, and paying a bribe to create a false story. The charges are understood to be in connection with an interview Ibrahim conducted on 6 January 2013 with an internally displaced woman who alleged that she was raped by state security forces. Although the information Ibrahim obtained in the interview has not been published by any media outlet, Somali police reportedly believe him to be responsible for a similar story published by Al Jazeera English.

PEN is calling on the Somali authorities to drop the charges against Ibrahim and to release him immediately and unconditionally.

For more details and suggested actions, please visit the PEN International website.


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