[Somalia] Journalist sentenced to one year in prison for investigating alleged rape

English PEN joins the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International in condemning the one-year prison sentence handed down to freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim. Ibrahim was sentenced on 5 February 2013 for insulting a government body, “spreading false news” and inducing false evidence, after he interviewed a woman allegedly raped by security forces. PEN believes that Ibrahim’s trial was politically motivated, designed to silence those who report on controversial issues. We are calling for Ibrahim’s conviction to be quashed and for his immediate and unconditional release.

For more information, please see the PEN International website.

TAKE ACTION

Please send appeals:

  • Condemning the one-year prison sentence handed down to freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim on charges of insulting a government body, “spreading false news” and inducing false evidence, after he interviewed an internally displaced woman allegedly raped by state security forces;
  • Calling on the Somali authorities to quash the conviction of Ibrahim and the alleged rape victim, and to release Ibrahim immediately and unconditionally;
  • Calling upon the Somali authorities to allow Ibrahim and others detained in connection with the case full access to lawyers, doctors and family members, until such time as they are released.

Appeals to:

Minister of Interior and National Security

H.E. Abdikaram Hussein Guled,
Ministry of Interior
Mogadishu, Somalia
Email: guuleed20@hotmail.com
Salutation: Dear Minister

Minister of Justice

H.E. Abdullahi Abyan Nur
Ministry of Justice
Mogadishu, Somalia
Email: justicesom@hotmail.com
Salutation: Dear Minister

State Minister of the Presidential Palace

H.E Farah Sheikh Abdulkader
Office of the President
Mogadishu, Somalia
Email: faaraxsheekh@yahoo.com
Salutation: Dear Minister

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