United Nations calls for investigation after alleged rape victim and journalist who reported claims are arrested for defamation, in latest in a string of similar cases
The United Nations on Thursday called for a full investigation after police in Somalia arrested an alleged rape victim and the journalist who broadcast her story, the latest in a string of cases where Somalis have been targeted for reporting sexual violence.
Mohammed Bashir, a reporter for Somalia’s Radio Shabelle, was arrested along with the unidentified 19-year-old victim on Wednesday, shortly after he interviewed her for the independent station.
During the interview, which was posted on YouTube, the victim claimed she had been raped at gunpoint by two journalists working for the state-owned station Radio Mogadishu.
“One of the men threatened me with a pistol, and took me to the bedroom by force…both of them raped me several times, destroying my pride and dignity,” she said, in a video interview broadcast on Somalia’s Radio Shabelle website earlier this week.
“I am appealing to the government to take legal action against the rapists, they might have done the same to other poor girls,” she added.