WASHINGTON (Somalilandpress) — Former employee of VOA, Farhia Absie speaks out against her former boss, Mr. Abdirahman Yabarow, Chief editor of VOA Somali-Services in an interview with Radio Rajo-doon.
Farhia, who joined VOA on 15th January 2008 accused Mr Yabarow of misusing American tax payers funds, abusing and harassing his employees on basis of clan affiliation.
She adds Mr Yabarow hires and fires based on clan affiliation and such practices would damage the VOA Somali-Services programmes whom Somalis came to recognize for being the watchdog of rigorous news and information before the retirement of Fred Cooper, the former chief editor.
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Mr Yabarow accuses Farhia of not knowing the Somali language, an accusation she dismisses as one of his tactics to cut off the legs of the Somali-Services.
She says she has all the evidence including email exchanges between her and her former boss to prove her accusation against Mr Yabarow.
Farhia, who resigned from VOA Somali-Services, called on the general population to stand up for public broadcasting free of discrimination and prejudice if they believe in it and urged them not to support Yabarow based on clan, “we all know the situation Somalia is in because of tribes,” she said.
Listen to Farhia (Somali):
Somalilandpress, 10 February 2010