New York, March 5, 2012--Authorities
in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in Somalia shut down an independent
radio broadcaster and arrested the station's director over coverage of fighting
between the government and Al-Shabaab militants, local journalists said.
Around 10:20 p.m. Saturday, armed police arriving in two vehicles raided Codka Nabadda (Voice of Peace) in the port city of Bossasso, confiscated equipment, and sealed the studios, local journalists told the Committee to Protect Journalists. An hour later, police raided the home of the station's director, Awke Abdullahi, and are holding him at the Bossasso Central Police Station. He has not been charged, although it is not legal in Puntland to hold a suspect for more than 48 hours without charge.