Sharia: Where Government knows best meets Allah knows best. The lack of separation of religion and state and the lack of meaningful checks and balances, combined with a brutal set of laws and the presumption of divine endorsement
for it all set the stage for a corrupt, capricious and vicious government. And governments like that issue decrees like this.
Islamists controlling southern Somaliia have banned watching DVDs or movies on television and said raids would be conducted to catch offenders, who would then be severely punished.
Watching films is totally banned even indoors, Sheikh Mowlid Ahmed, a security forces commander in the port city of Kismayo said in a statement: People are allowed to use their home televisions only to watch news on such channels such
as Al-Jazeera . Raids will be carried out on homes of people suspected of illegally watching films and if found guilty, they will face punishment .
Residents say Islamist security forces in the town recently started inspecting mobile phones to prevent them from being used for watching movies.
The punishment normally meted out on offenders is flogging.
The new administration of southern seaport town of Kismayo has publicly punished three boys they said that they have committed crimes which are taboo in Somalia.
Each one of the boys has received lashes of whips on his back in front of the hundred of the inhabitants of Kismayo, at the national park venue which situated in the heart of the town and will serve under sentence for some months said the
judge who passed out the chastisement of the boys speaking to Somaliweyn radio.
The officer added that the boys have been jointly watching pornography films in their cell phones.
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29th September 2009. From Alan
Hope somebody's filmed it. It would go down a storm on the gay BDSM porn market!
The Somali insurgent group, Hisbul Islam has imposed oppressive edicts on the radio stations in Mogadishu, especially those based in the areas under their control. Music has again been banned.
The edicts instruct stations not to air music and songs and not to name the foreign fighters as foreigners, but rather to refer to them as Muhaajiriin .
This is the first time the media stations in Mogadishu are facing such public censorship. Six of the eight radio stations under the Hisbul Islam and Al-Shabaab-held neighbourhoods of Mogadishu will be directly affected by these oppressive edicts.
Similar edicts have been imposed on media stations in the southern Somalia regions held by the radical Islamist group Al-Shabaab.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) from Mogadishu strongly protested the increased censorship.