Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 June 2010

Somaliland Arrests Editor over alleged “Serious Crimes”




Somaliland Arrests Editor over alleged “Serious Crimes”


MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 28, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) expresses deep concern over the arrest of journalist Hadis Mohamed Hadis, editor of, an independent news website published in Somaliland.

Uniformed officers of Somaliland’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested the journalist at Hadhwanaag Hotel in Hargeisa on Saturday evening, 26 June 2010. When asked the reason of the arrest, the CID officers only said that they are investigating serious crimes that they suspect Hadis Mohamed Hadis is involved in, without sufficient explanation of the “serious crimes”.

“Hadis Mohamed did not perpetrate crimes of a more serious nature that call for such arrest, which is beyond the pale. He was a victim for his journalistic work and we believe that he is once more victimized for his right to practice journalism without exploitation and suppression,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General.

Journalists present at the time of the arrest told NUSOJ that the officers also confiscated digital of the journalist and also impounded Hadis’s car key. The journalist was transferred in the same night to Hargeisa central prison.

NUSOJ demands immediate release of Hadis Mohamed Hadis. “The Somaliland authorities must drop these undetermined and fabricated charges against the editor,” Omar Faruk added.



The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)


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