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Alerts   |   Somalia

Staff of Somaliland newspapers face charges

Nairobi, April 22, 2016 - Authorities in Somaliland should immediately drop all legal charges against journalists for their work and ensure that they can do their jobs without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least three journalists in the semi-autonomous region are expected to stand trial on Saturday, while a reporter has been jailed for a week without charge

Alerts   |   Somalia

In Somaliland, authorities order newspaper to close down

Nairobi, March 31, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland to reopen the daily Codka Shacabka (The Voice of the People). The attorney general's office issued an order March 24 for the privately owned paper to immediately cease publication, according to human rights campaigners.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Journalists arrested after covering protest in Somaliland

Nairobi, November 3, 2014--Authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland arrested two journalists from privately owned television stations last week after they each aired coverage of a protest in the northwest town of Gabiley, local journalists told CPJ. Authorities arrested Horn Cable TV reporter Mukhtar Nouh Ibrahim on October 30 and SomSat TV reporter Mohamed Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud the following day, news reports said.

Impact   |   Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Somalia, Ukraine

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, July 2014

CPJ conducts fact-finding mission in Ukraine

Muzaffar Suleymanov, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia Research Associate, traveled to Kiev on July 6 on a week-long fact-finding mission and spoke to more than a dozen local and international journalists about press freedom conditions in the country. Suleymanov also met with journalists who had covered or were covering the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine.

August 1, 2014 12:20 PM ET

Alerts   |   Somalia

Somaliland authorities arrest two journalists

Yusuf Abdi Gabobe and Ahmed Ali have been charged with libel and jailed since Saturday. (Somaliland Journalists Association)

Nairobi, May 12, 2014--A regional court in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland remanded two journalists into custody on Saturday after charging them with libel, false publication, and anti-state propaganda, according to news reports and the local Somaliland Journalists' Association. Yusuf Abdi Gabobe, chairman of the Haatuf Media Network, and Ahmed Ali, chief editor of the network, were jailed after the hearing, the reports said. 

Alerts   |   Somalia

Somaliland authorities shut down independent papers

The front page of an old edition of Haatuf newspaper. A court on Thursday ordered the paper to be shut down. (Guleid Hussein)

Nairobi, April 8, 2014--Police in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland on Thursday raided the Hargeisa offices of the independent Somali-language paper Haatuf  and its sister English-language weekly, Somaliland Times, and suspended them indefinitely, according to local journalists and news reports. 

Attacks on the Press   |   Somalia

Attacks on the Press in 2013: Somalia

While the Somali government elected in 2012 attempted to gain more control and improve security, attacks on journalists continued. At least five reporters were attacked by militia groups loosely connected to the government, according to news reports. CPJ documented four journalists killed in direct relation to their work in Somalia, an improvement from 2012, which was the deadliest year on record with 12 journalists killed. In early 2013, the prime minister created a task force to investigate cases of killed journalists, but little had been done by the end of the year. The international community condemned serious flaws in the Somali justice system after a court imprisoned freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinuur for 66 days for interviewing the victim of an alleged rape who claimed security forces were the perpetrators. The staff of a critical daily in the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland was harassed over the year: The director was attacked, the paper temporarily suspended in June and again indefinitely in December, and the editor and director briefly jailed on defamation charges. The charges were later dropped. A new media law considered by local journalists as progressive was passed in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in December.

February 12, 2014 2:04 AM ET

Afrique, Attaques contre la presse, Somalie

Attaques contre la presse en 2013: Somalie

Alors que le gouvernement somalien élu en 2012, a tenté de mieux contrôler et d’améliorer la sécurité, les attaques contre les journalistes se sont poursuivies. Selon des medias, au moins cinq journalistes ont été agressés par des milices vaguement liées au gouvernement. Le CPJ a documenté les cas de quatre journalistes tués, en relation directe avec leur travail en Somalie, une amélioration par rapport à 2012, qui a été l'année la plus meurtrière pour les journalistes avec 12 victimes. En début 2013, le premier ministre somalien a créé une commission chargée d’enquêter sur les cas de journalistes tués, mais, en fin d’année, peu a été fait. La communauté internationale a condamné les graves défaillances du système judiciaire somalien, après qu'un tribunal a emprisonné le journaliste indépendant Abdiaziz Abdinuur pendant 66 jours, pour avoir interviewé la victime d'un viol présumé. La victime a affirmé que des éléments des forces de sécurité en étaient les auteurs. Le personnel d'un quotidien dans la région semi-autonome du Somaliland connu pour sa ligne éditoriale critique, a également été harcelé au cours de l'année : le directeur a été agressé, le journal suspendu temporairement en juin, puis à nouveau indéfiniment en décembre. Le rédacteur en chef et le directeur de publication ont été brièvement emprisonnés pour diffamation. Les charges ont ensuite, été abandonnées. En décembre, une nouvelle loi sur la presse, considérée par les journalistes locaux comme progressive, a été adoptée dans la région semi- autonome du Puntland.

12 février 2014 1h53 ET

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