Woman, journalists to go to jail

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SOMALIA, Mogadishu : Abdimalik Yusuf (L), head of Shabelle radio and Mohamed Bashir a journalist stand chained near court in Mogadishu on December 9, 2013. A Somali court today sentenced to jail a woman who said she was raped and the two journalists Yusuf and Bashir who broadcast her story, saying they were guilty of defamation and insulting state institutions. The 19-year old woman, who is also a journalist, was handed a suspended six-month jail sentence for defamation and lying, during which time she will be confined to her home, said Judge Hashi Elmi Nur.

A woman who said she was raped and the two journalists who reported her story are sentenced to jail for defamation in Somalia. A Somali court hands a suspended six-month sentence to the 19-year-old woman for “defamation and lying,” while the two journalists are sentenced for defamation and insulting state institutions. The alleged victim said she was raped at gunpoint by two fellow journalists. The accused reporters were not arrested. Al Jazeera reports it is the second time this year that Somalia jailed a woman for reporting rape. It is one of the most sensitive topics in the country.

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