violent act of the militant group who confiscated the whole equipment of Radio Balad including the FM transmitters during the Friday attack.
According to the Director of Balad radio Abdihakim Hussein Islow, when militants took over the city on Friday morning they directly went towards the radio station premises, besieged and looted all the equipments including the radio transmitter and all computers in the building.
Islow said the extremists also ransacked the archive of the radio station and destroyed most of the broadcasting equipment.
“This is a strong demonstration of the gravity of media repression by Al-Shabaab. We are very concerned and condemning in the strongest terms at the obvious intent to crackdown and take away the only FM radio in Balad town,” Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, NUSOJ Secretary General said in a statement.
Radio Balad was the only community radio station in the city and the residents will have no access to important news and entertainment they were used to.