Somalian forces shut down Shabelle Radio earlier today. Journalists were arrested and equipment was confiscated. The news group says that twenty-five journalists were arrested. All but three of them have now been released, according to the group. The group says that it’s director, Mohamed Muse, is still among those detained.
The station was shut down after it broadcast a message from al-Shabaab that claimed responsibility for the Kenyan mall massacre. The Somalian government has prohibited news groups from distributing al-Shabaab propaganda. Shabelle Radio says it was trying to do its job of the news.