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:
What is wrong with Twitter? This guy defends the rights of Somali journalists everyday of the week. https://t.co/lXbMHIiX17
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) May 12, 2018
Defending journalists is crucial for the rights and the safety of Somalia's journalists.
Actually I'm not journalist but I interested journalism, and that is why even me standing for defending correspondents.
— Alisaid18@som.com (@Alisaid18somco1) May 12, 2018
The worst policy i have ever seen on Twitter and Facebook is that if some people report your account their suspend without doing futher investigation.
Shame on you @TwitterSupport
— Abdinasir A (@naalecade) May 12, 2018
Moalimu is a renowned Somali journalist who has risked his life for reporting from the frontline 4 many yrs. He has been selflessly defending the rights of other journalists & advocating 4 their protection. I don’t understand why on earth his account was suspended! https://t.co/k0PGz26biR
— Abdifatah Hassan Ali (@IamAbdi5) May 12, 2018
This clarifies more clearly I think. pic.twitter.com/j3vQJ7s19w
— Jabir Sultan Said (@jaabirsuldaan) May 12, 2018