See also:
» 25.08.2009 - Crackdown on independent media ahead of election
» 11.08.2009 - Union denounce conviction of journalists
» 29.03.2007 - Somaliland journalists freed after 86 days
» 04.01.2007 - Somaliland journalists spend third day in detention
» 16.10.2006 - Islamists burn Somaliland newspaper
» 30.03.2005 - Somaliland again detains Jamhuuriya reporter
» 15.10.2004 - Doubt over democratic values in Somaliland
» 08.09.2004 - Somaliland editor freed; paper deplores repression

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike


Grave attack on press freedom in Somaliland

afrol News, 3 September - With the arrest of the editor of Somaliland's leading independent newspaper, 'Jamhuuriya', there are growing concerns over the future of press freedom in the young and unrecognised republic. Editor Hassan Said Yusuf allegedly was arrested because his newspaper recently published information accusing the government of considering participating in the Somali peace talks.

Somaliland is struggling to demonstrate to the world that the country should be recognised as an independent state, referring to its peace, stability, democracy and press freedom. Therefore, Somaliland doesn't participate in the Somali conference in Nairobi, claiming the "South" (Somalia except Somaliland) will have to find its peace on its own.

Both these bases of Somaliland's policies have been given a major blow this week. An article by Somaliland's leading independent daily, 'Jamhuuriya', claims to document that the government indeed is considering participating in the Somali peace talks. According to sources interviewed by 'Jamhuuriya', the Somaliland government of President Dahir Riyale Kahin favours such participation, while the Kulmiye opposition party is strongly against it.

One day after the critical article was published in 'Jamhuuriya', the daily's editor, Mr Yusuf, was arrested at his office in Somaliland's capital, Hargeisa, by police officers armed with a warrant. Mr Yusuf is still in arrest, but it is unclear whether he has been formally charged.

On behalf of afrol News and Somaliland's Awdal News, editor Bashir Goth today contacted Somaliland's Interior Minister Ismail Adan. Minister Adan told Mr Goth that the 'Jamhuuriya' editor indeed had been arrested by Somaliland's Attorney General for reporting on alleged differences between the government and the Kulmiye opposition party regarding Somalia's peace talks.

- This is a blatant lie and the truth is quite the opposite, Minister Adan said, referring to the 'Jamhuuriya' report. "It is the Somaliland government that adamantly and vehemently rejects to have anything to do with Somalia and the participants of the Nairobi conference," the Minister added. The government had considered the editor's story as "inciting people against the government," editor Goth was told by Minister Adan.

Mr Goth, who is editor of the Somaliland online media 'Awdal News', today also issued a press release where he "condemns the arrest and continued detention" of his colleague in 'Jamhuuriya'. "As a country aspiring to gain international recognition for its hard won independence and its stunning record in building and maintaining peace and stability through the principles of democracy, freedom of expression and the ballot box, it is unbecoming and rather insulting to Somaliland citizens to be affronted, provoked and ridiculed for exercising their civic and legitimate rights of freedom of speech," said 'Awdal News'.

Mr Goth represents the many Somaliland media fearing a more repressive press freedom situation in the young republic. In fact, the tendencies have been negative for quite a while. The 'Jamhuuriya' editor is, according to the Paris-based media watchdogs Reporters sans Frontières (RSF), arrested for the 15th time by Somaliland police. Protests are streaming in from the Somalilander Diaspora against President Riyale's attempt to "'crush press freedom in Somaliland."

All agree that attacks on press freedom in Somaliland only can hurt the country - in a double way. The Somalilanders are depending on a free an outspoken press to secure their young democracy and spirit of voluntary work to develop the country. The government further needs to maintain its democratic and pluralistic image abroad to have any possibility of being recognised by the international community.

- Create an e-mail alert for Somaliland news
- Create an e-mail alert for Media news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at