Puntland authorities detain editor of local radio

The authorities of Somali regional state of Puntland have detained Radio Journalist and editor of Daljir Jamal Farah and director Abdirahman Gardi.

The two are said to be detained in Garowe in connection to a discussion program aired on Friday night criticizing the performance of regional state administration President Abdiweli Ali Gas.

The regional authorities suspended National Television SNTV last week for allegedly misrepresenting administration efforts on fleeing Somali refugees from Yemen.

Detention and closure of media stations is very common in Somalia.

Earlier this year Somali security agencies have shutdown Shabelle radio station for allegedly broadcasting security threat and public incitement.

The horn of African country is described by committee protect journalists as the dangerous environment for journalists to operate after Syria and Iraq.

More than 50 journalists lost their lives since the breakout of the civil war 1992.