Al-shabab militant group have closed studios of various international media houses in Mogadishu on Friday making broadcasts come to stand still in Mogadishu and all the areas under their control in South and central Somalia.
Witnesses say Somali Islamists are seizing radio transmitters that let the local population hear news programs from the British Broadcasting Corporation. The studios for the BBC and other local Fm radio stations are among those affected.
In a press statement from Al-shabab’s press office, the insurgents announced that they have taken over particularly the BBC studios and would stop all broadcasts of the VOA through the local fm stations.
They accused the BBC and VOA for fulfilling foreign missions and it campaigns for an Islamic nation not to be found in Somalia. And asked the people to stop listening to these stations which they termed as media agencies which are implementing an in direct modern colonization.
The group fights a daily battle against a weak fragile U.N.-backed government led by Sheikh Sheriff Sheikh Ahmed. Somalia has not had an effective government for nearly 20 years.