Somalia: Puntland State TV presenters strike over unpaid salaries


Journalists at Puntland State Television (PLTV) have staged a damaging strike for missing salaries and incompetent management, Garowe Online reports.

On Saturday, the State TV suspended news programs regularly presented from dusk through 10:00 PM in the evening after journalists refused to show up in a pay dispute.

The presenters went on strike in protest over government’s failure to address their complaints regarding overdue entitlements and lack of monthly salaries.

The move comes in the context of cool relationship between the media and Puntland Information Ministry.  Dahir—former State Broadcaster Deputy—has been in charge of PLTV.

Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali recently drew ire for naming Jamal Arab Yusuf as Director-General.

Yusuf has yet to take over after his clan expressed outrage at what they described ‘politically motived’ post that could block outspoken Federal Member of Parliament

Abdi Barre Yusuf Jibril from being elected to the country’s 275-seat-chamber of parliament again.

Puntland State TV has been grappling with allegations of embezzlement and hindrances blamed on inept management over the last two years.



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