New York, November 2, 2011--Authorities in northern Somalia
banned two private broadcasters from operating in Puntland Tuesday, blaming
independent media coverage for undermining national security as they grapple
with potentially destabilizing violence in the region, according to local
journalists and news reports.
The Information Ministry in semi-autonomous Puntland banned the
local operations of Universal TV and Somali Channel TV, accusing the stations
of "working with the peace haters who are always against the Puntland
security," according to CPJ's translation of the directive.