GMG editor Abdiaziz Gurbiye condemned to 6 months in jail

The charges against the journalist were based on his reporting on the manner in which the government was handling the COVID19 issue

Goobjoog Media Group Editor Abdiaziz Gurbiye has been sentenced to six months in jail and a fine of $200.

Banaadir Regional Court found the journalist guilty of ‘publishing false news’ under a 1964 law which President Farmaajo had pledged it will no longer be used to criminalize journalism.

President Mohamed Farmaajo made the remarks on May 3, 2020 in marking the World Press Freedom Day. Credit: Villa Somalia

It was not immediately clear if the sentence has an option of a fine. According to the Article 328 of the Penal Code which the journalist was charged under, a guilty verdict attracts between 6 months and 3 years jail term.

Gurbiye who is also the deputy director of Goobjoog Media Group was led to the Central jail to begin his jail term.

More to follow.

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