While confronting on the illegal procedures used that ordered the ban of the UNIVTV, defendant’s lawyer sh. Sacid in his statement at the court floor said, quote ‘’At first It is clear the government didn’t go through the legal procedures in banning an independent media outlet and has no right to warrant such orders without going through courts of law, He nodded ‘’We cannot proceed while having the illegal ban still active – UNIVTV must be allowed back to air before proceeding with the case your honor Abdi aw Noor referring to the judge” Said Sh. Sacid!
‘’We position ourselves with the Defendant lawyer’s statement at the court floor this morning in the first hearing demanding that the case cannot proceed for further hearing unless the ban is reversed back and that UNIVTV is allowable to operate in Puntland! Said MAP chair at a later press statement.
Freedom of expression is a fundamental right to all Puntland society as enshrined in the State and Somali Constitution of Puntland and that of Somalia, regional and international Instruments to which Somalia is a party of. The media is a public good which serves all kinds of people both in and outside of government.
“These charges are clearly inappropriate, and we are concerned that they could send a chilling message to the Puntland media fraternity in performing their duties as watchdogs’’, “The ban and charges filed against UNIVTV are clearly designed to chill the freedom of the media, the charges must be dropped said Faisal Khalif, MAP chair who was present at the hearing while commenting in debriefing meeting at the MAP HQs in Garowe.
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