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Al-Shabaab militants detain journalist

(NUSOJ/IFEX) - The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is alarmed over the arrest by Al-Shabaab militants of a journalist in Beledhawo town, Gedo region, in southwestern Somalia, on 26 September 2010.

Mohamed Qani Hussein Kuusow, who is a stringer for the Mogadishu-based Radio Shabelle and the Bardhere town-based Radio Markabley, was arrested after he filed a report with the radio stations about reported military movements of the government forces based in Doolow town. As of 28 September, the reporter was spending his third day in an Al-Shabaab jail.

Al-Shabaab accused the reporter of "inciting people" and "creating fear in people", and said he will be brought before an Islamic court in the near future. They did not, however, specify a date for the court appearance.

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