August 7, 2012 ·3 Comments
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) protests against the police brutality against a female television reporter in Somaliland, while the journalist was doing her professional work.
On Saturday, 4 August 2012, police in the town of Borama in Awdal region attacked Hodan Abokor Afi, a female reporter for Somaliland National Television (SLNTV), leaving her traumatised and scarred. The police assaulted her physically by slapping and beating her. The incident felt her face severely damaged, in addition she was verbally harassed her. The suspected attacker is the deputy commander of Borama’s central police station.
Hodan Abokor Afi was investigating a case involving a 12-year old child, who is disputed by two families. The disputing “parents”, both claiming that the child is theirs, was being taken to the central police station when Hodan was assaulted without a warning.
“We condemn torturing of Hodan Abokor Afi, and we demand the Somaliland Ministry of Interior and the police chief to take immediate action against the responsible police officer,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General.
Hodan Abokor Afi filed a complaint at the central police station regarding this attack but it is understood that the case was not transferred to the Ministry of Interior as requested by the journalist since the alleged perpetrator is a public servant in the ministry of interior and has used force against the journalist.
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By goth Mohamed