On the morning of Saturday, 26 October, security personnel cordoned off the building hosting Radio Shabelle and SkyFM, both part of Shabelle Media Network. The police restricted the entry and exit of the workers, and then broke the gate of the building with terrorist response police vehicle and forcefully entered the building. Security forces started beating journalists with butts of their guns. Radio Shabelle was on air during the attack and the public could hear the beatings and noise inside the studio until the police violently disabled computer servers and radio transmission equipment before shutting down the generators, effectively halting broadcasting indefinitely.
The police demanded editors and management of Radio Shabelle and SkyFM to handover the keys of the archives of the radio stations and to point out where digital recordings of the news and programs, such as CDs and flash disk are. The police reportedly searched documents in the offices and bedrooms of the journalists. Subsequently, journalists and the management of the two radio stations were all taken into a corner and their mobile phones switched off and collected by the police. They were subsequently forced to board a police van to the
Due to the height of the media campaign and the ugly turn of the crackdown, the journalists were in the evening told to leave the CID but they refused as they are target for Al-shabaab who could be waiting them outside and they preferred staying at CID until the next day but the police forced them out and some members of the federal Parliament who were present at the CID to observe what was going on took the journalists to hotels in
Saturday midnight, the police reportedly loaded all the equipment of the two radio stations, the archives of the two FM stations and the office equipment of Shabelle Media Network and took them to unknown place. Currently the building occupied by the police. The building was not only a workplace for journalists but also a safe house since if they go out, they are targeted by Al-shabaab.
The attack follows after the
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