March 2, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Somalia RSF_en RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists SomaliaAfrica Receive email alerts News to go further ————————————-17.07.09 – Two journalists arrested amid growing crackdown on mediaReporters Without Borders is outraged by the arrest of two journalists and the closure of a TV station in the northwestern breakaway territory of Somaliland and the beatings which several journalists received from police in the northeastern semi-autonomous region of Puntland.“While the international community’s attention is focused on the abduction of two French government advisers who were posing a journalists in Mogadishu, the real journalists continue to be arrested and attacked with complete impunity,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The international community should help Somali journalists, who are exposed to enormous risks.” Ahmed Saleyman Dhuhul and Sayid Osman Mire, both members of the Somaliland Journalists Associations (SOLJA), were arrested without a warrant on 13 July when police raided Horyaal Radio, a privately-owned station based in the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa. Accused by Somaliland President Dahir Riyate of stirring up a tribal dispute that led to the death of four people, they are still being held at the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department in Hargeisa.A local television station, Horn Cable TV (HCTV), has been closed on the orders of the Somaliland attorney general for broadcasting a report about the same dispute.In Puntland, several journalists, including Aweys Sheikh Nur of Horseed Media Radio, were attacked and beaten by police while attending the trial of a number of Somali pirates in the port city of Bosaso. The journalists were attacked after some of them took photos of the prosecutor although they complied with a request to delete the photos. The judge and other court officials did not intervene while the police beat them. When the journalists complained, one police officer said: “We do not like what you report; you journalists are against the government.”Africa’s deadliest country for the news media, Somalia was ranked 153rd out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Kidnappings of journalists and humanitarian aid workers are now common in Somalia and six journalists have been killed since the start of the year. RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia February 24, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that journalists Ahmed Saleyman Dhuhul and Sayid Osman Mire were released yesterday on paying fines imposed by a court in Hargeisa, in the northwestern breakaway territory of Somaliland, after being held for 28 days.Dhuhul and Mire, who work for Horyaal Radio and are members of the Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA), were arrested on 13 July. On 8 August, the Hargeisa court sentenced them to six months in prison and a fine of 300,000 Somaliland shillings (about 30 euros). As jail terms of less than a year are convertible into fines in Somaliland, they obtained their release yesterday by paying 2.5 million Somaliland shillings (260 euros) in fines. Reporters Without Borders deplores the sentence imposed by the court. SomaliaAfrica August 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two radio journalists released in Somaliland after 28 days January 8, 2021 Find out more
You can check out a full track list and stream the new live compilation below via Spotify:Aqueous – Element Pt. II – Tracklist: Skyway – (5/25/17 Summer Camp)Don’t Do It – (9/29/17 Glens Falls)Marty – (8/25/17 Night Lights Festival)Weight Of the Word – (9/13/17 Minneapolis)Uncle Phil’s Parachute – (2/7/17 Kansas)Random Company – (Iowa 9/12/17)Triangle (9/7/17 Steamboat Springs)For more information on upcoming Aqueous shows and releases, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo – Phierce Photo by. Keith G.; Instagram: @PhiercePhoto] Trick or Treat! On this All Hallows Eve, Buffalo groove-rock quartet Aqueous have released a brand new compilation of live tracks, Element Pt. II, the second installment of their live compilation series. As guitarist Mike Gantzer explained when the series began this past Spring, “When we’re in the studio we tend to focus deeply on song structure, composition, lyrical content/depth etc, but for the live release, we wanted to put a spotlight on some of the longer and more exploratory improvisations that we’ll do within songs when we perform them live.”Aqueous Releases New Live Album, “Element Pt. I” [Full Stream]After taking input from countless hardcore fans and delving through the recordings of their many shows from throughout this year, the band selected seven tracks for the second volume in their live Element series, showing the diversity and contrast in their repertoire while maintaining a concert-like flow. The new Element set showcases a wide swath of tools from the band’s arsenal, like the “halftime rage groove” of “Skyway” from Summer Camp, the patient dance build of “Don’t Do It” from last month in Glens Falls, NY, the acoustic chill-out of “Marty” from Night Lights Festival in August, and the organic, smooth groove of complex recent composition “Weight of the Word.” From there, the EP rounds out with the dark, grimy dance-prog vibes of “Uncle Phil’s Parachute” from the band’s show in Kansas this past winter, the uplifting, Phish-y sound of “Random Company” from their Iowa show last month, and their exploratory “Triangle” from their 9/7 show in Steamboat Springs, CO.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Fire Island residents trudged through six inches of water flooding Ocean Beach at high tide on Friday while preparing for the impact of Hurricane Joaquin’s expected passing east of Long Island starting this weekend.While many secured their homes and businesses, a few reveled despite the National Weather Service’s coastal flooding and high surf advisories for LI—forecasts that spark extra worries on FI, where the beaches remain particularly vulnerable since Sandy three years ago.“You have people preparing as they should be,” said John Randazzo, owner of Castaways Bar & Grill, who trucked $3,000 worth of food from his five Ocean Beach eateries to freezers on LI in case the power goes out. “Then you got people who just want to have a few beers.”LI breathed a sigh of relief when forecasters predicted it’ll be spared a direct hit, but officials remain concerned about the four barrier islands protecting LI from the Atlantic Ocean—especially FI, the largest, which remains breached and partly dune-less since the 2012 superstorm.“I’m not worried,” Ashley Ingenito, 25, an waitress at The Albatross, said while planning hurricane parties and surfing in the above-average waves. Next to her at the bar, the owner, Ocean Beach Mayor James Mallott, fixed a broken light after leading a half dozen TV reporters around the village that’s FI’s unofficial capital.“The ocean gives and the ocean takes away,” Mallott said while showing the press gaggle where the waves reached the foot of the makeshift dune made of sand berms, trap bags and geotubes. “We’re still waiting for sand to be replenished on the beach, which is… crucial to our survival here on Fire Island.”The mayor was flanked by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who said the partly completed $207-million Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) project is expected to resume in the coming weeks. The east end of FI was rebuilt earlier this year, the second phase is slated this fall to rebuild the beach on the west end of the island and the residential middle won’t begin until litigation ends. The Suffolk public works department is currently negotiating with about 20 oceanfront FI property owners in the 17 communities that face buyouts and potential condemnation to make way for the new Sandy-aid-funded replacement dune.“We have to expedite the FIMI project…to restore this dune line to make sure the barrier beach is being protected,” Bellone told reporters while waves crashed behind him during a news conference at Robert Moses State Park. “This place is not only a national treasure, it is vital to the protection of the south shore.”The county executive noted that he doesn’t plan to order an evacuation of FI and a spokeswoman for PSEG Long Island said that there are no plans to preemptively cut power to there, as it has done in hurricanes past. But Bay Shore-based Fire Island Ferries, the biggest of three companies that serve the public to the mostly car-free island, suspended service starting Sunday while the other two in Sayville and Patchogue are taking it day by day. All eyes will remain on the south shore until the storm passes.