July 23, 2010, 11:18 a.m.
Somalia is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a journalist. Since the collapse of Siad Barre’s government in 1991, journalists have operated in an environment where rival clans target journalists for kidnapping and murder. Amnesty International has released a report, which describes the conditions that the media in Somalia faces.
Armed groups opposed to the Somali government now control many towns, restricting what local media can report on, shutting down radio stations and threatening journalists into supporting them or leaving. This makes it almost impossible for independent observers to report on the situation in Somalia from within the country. Up until early 2009, the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) also repeatedly harassed and attacked journalists. There have been fewer reports of harassment of journalists by the TFG in the past year, although some incidents were recorded.