- [SW Country] (DGPL - Bosaso ) PRESS
RELEASE - SBC Violates Journalistic
Ethics - :Posted on 23 May 2002
22 May 2002
RELEASE - SBC Violates Journalistic Ethics
SBC was given a commercial broadcasting
license by the administration for business advertisement purposes
only, and in no way was authorized to engage in either politics,
dissemination of hate material or instigation of violence among the
people of Puntland.
inception, SBC has been in gross violation of journalistic ethics and
has promoted the hate-mongering interest of its al-Itihad management.
Abdi Aware, the proprietor of this radio, is a well-known al-Itihad
figure, who fled the country as the military forces of Puntland were
As of the successful completion of Operation Stability First,
SBC after a lull of few days, continued to disseminate
false information and kept on propagating its hate- mongering
Moreover, Riyaaq, the official mouthpiece of al-Itihad movement in
Puntland is run by Ahmed Kismayo, the current BBC Somali Section
Reporter in Puntland State.
BBC Somali Section, knowing the political background of these
personalities, had hired them for whatever reasons it had in mind, Mr.
Kismayo as a Local Reporter and SBC as FM relay station.
Therefore, after much debate and analysis; after observing the rights
of the free media and of Puntland's relentless promotion of fair and
free media, we had no choice but to withdraw the commercial license of
SBC, for it has been mercilessly abusing and did not have other
licenses to continue its operations in Boosaaso or any other city and
or locality in Puntland. As for Ahmed Kismayo, a final warning has
been forwarded, and from hereon forward, all are again reminded that
adherence to the rules and objectives of balanced and fair news
reporting in Puntland will be strictly observed and painstakingly
Ismail H. Warsame
Chief of Cabinet