AUGUST 2, 2005
Posted: August 17, 2005
Abdullahi Kulmiye Adow, HornAfrik
Adow, a reporter for the Mogadishu-based independent radio station HornAfrik, was detained on August 2 by militia loyal to local faction leader Mohamed Dhere. Dhere is a supporter of Somalia’s Transitional Federal President Abdullahi Yusuf, who recently established a temporary headquarters in Jowhar.
Adow was released without charge on August 7, but was expelled from the town. Adow said through an interpreter that he was transported out of Jowhar under armed guard and told not to return.
Adow’s arrest came after he reported that officials of the Transitional Federal Government had taken over Jowhar school buildings for their operations, displacing some 1,500 students, according to CPJ sources. HornAfrik managing partner Ahmed Abdisalam Adan told CPJ that his station now considered it too dangerous to send a reporter to Jowhar.