Well-known Somali journalist’s Twitter account suspended

Twitter has come under fire in Somalia for suspending the account of one of the country’s most well-known journalists.

Many Somali users of the social networking site have condemned the suspension of Mohamed Moalimu’s account, saying he provided fast and accurate account of events in Somalia.

Moalimu, a former BBC Somali Service reporter for many years, heads one of the factions of the National Union of Somali Journalists (Nusoj).

He blamed a rival Nusoj faction for Twitter’s action.

“Indeed my account has been suspended. I received a notification last month from gmail telling me that my account had been hacked from Netherlands,” Moalimu said.

“But after following the instructions given, I was able to have my account restored,” he told Radio Goobjoog, a Mogadishu-based broadcaster.

“Farouk claims that Nusoj is his own company property yet it is a national entity. I will proceed to sue him.”

Omar Farouk leads another faction of Nusoj.

Moalimu denies he violated Twitter’s rules.

“I have not violated any rules by Twitter. This is a move by Twitter to suppress freedom of expression,” he told the station.

Twitter has a policy in which accounts can be suspended if users publish threats of violence. They are also blocked if they use Twitter for unlawful purposes or illegal activities.

Here’s how some Somali users of the platform reacted to the suspension of Moalimu’s Twitter page:

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