Police arrest Television Journalist in the town of Boorama
Mogadishu, 8 January, 2012
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the
arrest of the Television journalist by the Somjaliland Police
in the town of Boorama on Sunday around 11:30 local time.
Journalist Yuusuf Ali better known as Indho-Qurux, who is the
correspondent of the Royal Television in the town Boorama, was
arrested on Sunday without warrant by Somaliland police in Boorama,
according to local journalists.
The Arrest of the journalist has been confirmed by a colleague
journalist, Mohamed Abdi Boosh, who also reports for the for
the Royal Television by phone from Hargeysa.
"It is really disappointing, Yusuf Ali was arrested without
a warrant and he staying in custody tonight." Journalist
Mohamed Abdi Boosh told NUSOJ by phone from Hargeysa.
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
"The Arrest of is an absolute voilation and we condemn
it in the strongest terms possible." Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ
Secretary General said, "We call for the Somaliland authorities
to immediately release the journalist and respect the freedom
of the press."
Secretary General of Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA),
Mohamed Rashiid also condemned the arrest of the journalist
and demanded from Somaliland authorities to release the journalist
from custody without condition.
Journalists in Somaliland have been subject to police brutalities
- arrests, intimidations and harassment, among others.