“Police arrested freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim on January 10 after he interviewed a woman who alleged that she had been raped by government forces a few months earlier. They also detained three others.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a joint statement on Tuesday describing the detentions as a violation of international law.
The arrests followed increasing media attention on reported sexual abuse by Somali government security services. Earlier in January, Universal TV – a local television station – and Al Jazeera’s website separately published stories about allegations of rape by the security forces in the city’s crowded camps for displaced people.
Ibrahim had not been involved with either story, does not work for either organisation, and had not published anything of his own investigation before he was detained.