Published On: Tue, Feb 21st, 2012

Somaliland Journalists Watchdog condemns the apprehension of two reporters

HARGEISA-Somaliland police apprehended the director of administration and finance of Ogaal independent newspaper after it published news story concerning the ONLF militia arrived in the west coast of Bula-Cade of Somaliland but the government vehemently denied it. The director of administration and finance of Ogaal independent newspaper named Hasan Omar Hasan was arrested by the order of Somaliland Interior minister Mr. Mohamed Nuur Caraale ‘Duur’ contacted and informed to come to Somaliland interior ministry compound and once he reached there, the minister ordered his immediate arrest and was detained at CID detention center in Hargeisa, Somaliland capital along with reporter of Somaliland news portal of Ramaasnews Mohamed Abdi Hasan ‘Boosh’ which the newspaper sourced it from the news story.

Somaliland Journalists’ Watchdog condemned the detention of two journalists apprehended in Hargeisa this Monday. According to press release issued by SOLJA states that they strongly condemned the apprehension of Hasan Omar Hasan of Ogaal newspaper and Mohamed Abdi Hasan ‘Boosh’ as Ramaasnews reporter and added that they call upon Somaliland government to release the two journalists without condition. It went on and said that dissemination of information and news is one of the pillars of Somaliland free press.
On the other hand, the head of Somaliland coastal guards denied the report saying that the ONLF militia arrived in Somaliland coast.

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  1. HMObsiye says:

    Way is it that some so-called independent reporters, continue to report something that they know it has no fact?
    Do they want Somaliland images to look bad?

    They have to defend their reporting by showing the facts they have regarding this report, or face the music.

  2. ComeAgain says:

    They dont have facts, and they are not required by law to have facts. The government should legislate that journalists before publishing anything should have proof to avoid lying about people and putting out false claims. If this had a prison sentence along with it, it would drastically reduce false reporting and make our press much more responsible.

    You cant just expect people to do the right thing, you have to legislate, thats why governments were formed in the first place to keep law and order.

  3. Ahmad says:

    S/land newspapers in general such as this one make up stories…either they have malicious intent or they are ignorant and require proper journalism training.

  4. mustafe says:

    what happened to freedom of speech

  5. Ina Cali says:

    Correct me if I am wrong but there was a journalist that was assaulted by the police who are meant to protect Somaliland citizen's and he is fighting for his life in borame. Does this sound familiar to any one it is the siyad bare state all over again. Do not misunderstand me if there is false information being spread by newspapers which has not been proven it wrong just as it is for ministers to lie and misuse public fund and then arrest anyone who exposes them.

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