Hiran governor arrests BBC reporter in central Somalia

JANUARY 15, 2008
Posted January 16, 2008

Ayanle Hussein Abdi, BBC Freelance

Local police arrested BBC freelance reporter Ayanle Hussein Abdi on Tuesday in Beledweyne, the capital of the central Somali region of Hiran. The governor of Hiran Province, Yusuf Dabageed, ordered the arrest of Abdi with no official charges but accused the reporter of “unfounded reports,” according to local journalists.

Abdi spent one night in the Beledweyne Police office and was released the next evening, he told CPJ. In August last year, Dabageed had three journalists detained for not broadcasting his press conference.