The day of the broadcast, Puntland authorities raided the Bossasso office of Horseed FM, arresting Jama and temporarily detaining seven of his colleagues, local journalists reported.
On Sunday, Puntland President Abrirahman Mohamed Farole told reporters that he had issued a presidential pardon for Jama, Puntland Minister of Information Abdihakim Ahmed Guled told CPJ.
“We are extremely relieved that Abdifatah Jama was pardoned and released today after nearly three months in jail,” said CPJ’s East Africa Consultant Tom Rhodes. “His arrest and conviction violated basic standards of fairness and should not have taken place. We hope this will be the last incident of authorities jailing a journalist for covering this conflict.”
In October, two unidentified assailants threw a grenade at the Horseed Media studios in Bossasso, injuring a technician and damaging the roof of the station, local journalists said. The culprits and reason for the attack are still unknown, the executive director of Horseed Media, Mahad Ahmed, told CPJ.