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SOMALIA: Journalist released on appeal

Thursday 21 March 2013 - 12:00am

Update #3 to RAN 06/13 21 March 2013

The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International welcomes the release on appeal of journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim on 17 March 2013.


On 17 March 2013, a Supreme Court judge ruled that there was “no proper reason” for Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim’s continued detention and ordered that the conviction against him be quashed. The freelance journalist, who has reported for several local and international news outlets including Dalsan Radio, Badri Media Productions and the UK-based Daily Telegraph, was released immediately, having spent 66 days in prison.

Ibrahim was convicted in February 2013 of insulting a government body, “spreading false news” and inducing false evidence, amongst other charges, after interviewing a woman who alleged she had been raped by state security forces. In a previous appeal, his original sentence of one year was reduced to six months.

For further information please see previous RAN updates here.

Useful links
• Al Jazeera (18/03/2013) ‘Q&A: Freed Somali Journalist’: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/03/201331813217417786.html
• The Guardian (17/03/2013) ‘Judge releases Somali journalist jailed for interviewing alleged rape victim’: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/17/somali-journalist-released-interviewing-rape-victim

***No further action is required. Thank you to all who sent appeals in this case.***

For further details please contact Tamsin Mitchell at the Writers in Prison Committee London Office: International PEN, Brownlow House, 50-51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER Tel: +44 (0) 207 405 0338 Fax +44 (0) 207 405 0339 email: tamsin.mitchell@pen-international.org