The Somali insurgent group, Hisbul Islam has imposed oppressive edicts on the radio stations in Mogadishu, especially those based in the areas under their control. Music has again been banned.
The edicts instruct stations not to air music and
songs and not to name the foreign fighters as foreigners, but rather to refer to them as Muhaajiriin .
This is the first time the media stations in Mogadishu are facing such public censorship. Six of the eight radio stations under the
Hisbul Islam and Al-Shabaab-held neighbourhoods of Mogadishu will be directly affected by these oppressive edicts.
Similar edicts have been imposed on media stations in the southern Somalia regions held by the radical Islamist group Al-Shabaab.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) from Mogadishu strongly protested the increased censorship.