Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 January 2012

21 Journalists Released in Somaliland



21 Journalists Released in Somaliland


MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the decision of the Minister of Interior of Somaliland, Mohamed Dur Arale, to release 21 journalists arrested on Sunday, 15 January 2012.


At around 14:50 local time, journalists were taken in a bus from Hargeisa central police station to Haraf Hotel where the journalists met the Interior Minister. Journalists told the Minister that his administration suppressed the media unlike previous administrations. Released journalists are:


1. Mohamud Abdi Jama, Editor-in-chief, Waaheen Newspaper


2. Mohamed Omar Abdi, Editor-in-chief, Jamhuuriya Newspaper


3. Ahmed Aden Dhere, Reporter, Haatuf Newspaper


4. Mohamed Said Harago, Head of News, Berberanews


5. Najah Adan Unaye, Director, Hadhwanaagnews


6. Suhur Barre, Reporter, HornCable TV


7. Abdiqani Abdullahi Ahmed, Reporter, Hadhwanaagnews


8. Mohamed Ahmed Muse, Reporter, HornCable TV


9. Mohamed Fayr, Reporter, Geeska Africa newspaper


10. Saleban Abdi Ali Kalshaale, Report, Waaheen newspaper


11. Khalid Hamdi Ahmed, Reporter, Waaheen newspaper


12. Nimo Omar Mohmed Sabriye, Presenter, HornCable TV


13. Hamsa Ali Bulbul, Reporter, HornCable TV


14. Mohamed Ahmed Muse Kurase, Reporter, HornCable TV


15. Abdirahman Sheik Yunes, Newscaster, HornCable TV


16. Ayan Diriye, Reporter, HornCable TV


17. Nimo’ Diriye, Reporter, HornCable TV


18. Hodan Ali Ajabi, Reporter, HornCable TV


19. Safiya Nuh Sheikh, Presnter, HornCable TV


20. Ahmed Abdirahman Hersi, News Editor, HornCable TV


21. Jama Omar Abdullahi, Reporter, Waaheen newspaper


“We are relieved that Somaliland authorities have granted 21 of our colleagues their freedom, They committed no crime that warrants this unjust detention,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General. “We call on the authorities to release remaining four journalists who are being unjustly detained in Borame and Las Anod”.


NUSOJ will continue to work insistently to secure the release of journalists prejudicially detained in Somaliland. “We call on Somaliland to put an end to reprehensible media rights violations against media houses and journalists in Somaliland,” added Osman.



National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)


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