detained again in Somaliland as the attacks against journalists
on the rise
Mogadishu, 09 January, 2012
The National union of Somali Journalists is infuriated by the
continued arbitrary arrests of journalists by the Somaliland
police as another television journalists was detained on Monday
in the town of Las-Anod of Sool region by the Somaliland police.
Similar detentions of journalists took place this week in the
Abdiqani Hassan Farah Gadari, a universal TV reporter in Laas-Aanod
was detained on Monday 9 January, 2012 by the Somaliland Police.
Gadari informed NUSOJ before he was arrested that his arrest
was ordered by the Somaliland minister of information through
the Mayor of the Las-Anod town.
It is not yet clear the motive behind his arrest and remains
in custody. This follows string of other attacks against journalists
this week in Somaliland.
On January 4, 2012, Somaliland police arrested Abdirahman Ali
Duale, Horn Cable reporter, Abdiaqani Hassan Farah Gadari and
Barkhad Joon, Somaliland National TV and they were released
after 8 hours in detention in the Las-Anod central police station
"We condemn in the string of attacks against our colleague
by the Somaliland police." Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary
General said, "The current campaign of arrests signals
the deteriorating level of press freedom and how the Somaliland
authorities to intimidate the journalists to the arrests."
On Sunday 8 January, 2012, Journalist Yuusuf
Ali better known as Indho-Qurux, who is the correspondent
of the Royal Television in the town Boorama, was arrested without
warrant by Somaliland police in Boorama, according to local
journalists. It is not yet clear the reasons behind his arrest.
However, journalists believe Ali's arrest is related to an article
he wrote about alleged corruption on regional projects in Awdal