Somaliland

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Two Somali journalists sentenced to 16 months in jail for false news

New York, May 23, 2022 — In response to news reports and statements from local rights groups that the Hargeisa Regional Court in the breakaway region of Somaliland sentenced journalists Mohamed Abdi Ilig and Abdijabar Mohamed Hussein to 16 months imprisonment for subversion and false news on Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the…

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Somaliland intelligence officers attack 3 journalists; detain journalist Abdisalan Ahmed Awad

Nairobi, April 11, 2022 — Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should unconditionally release freelance online journalist Abdisalan Ahmed Awad and hold the intelligence officers who harassed and assaulted him and two other journalists responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On the night of March 18, Abdisalan was riding in a car…

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Police occupy, close 2 television stations in Somaliland

Nairobi, July 1, 2020 — Authorities in Somaliland should immediately withdraw security personnel from the studios of the privately owned Universal TV and Star TV stations, and allow the stations to reopen and the journalists return to work without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 25, police officers ordered journalists to…

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A prison is seen in Hargeisa, Somaliland, on March 29, 2011. Somaliland authorities recently sentenced journalist Abdirahman Mohamed Hiddig to 21 months in prison. (AP/Katharine Houreld)

Somaliland court sentences journalist Abdirahman Mohamed Hiddig to 21 months in prison

Nairobi, January 28, 2020 — Authorities in Somaliland should immediately release journalist Abdirahman Mohamed Hiddig from prison and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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People take part in a parade to mark the 24th self-declared independence day for the breakaway region of Somaliland in the capital Hargeisa on May 18, 2015. On November 18, 2019, Somaliland police shut down a TV station and arrested its editor. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

Somaliland police shut down Horn Cable TV, arrest its editor

Nairobi, November 19, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland to immediately allow the privately owned Horn Cable TV to operate freely and to unconditionally release its chief editor, Abdiqaadir Saleban Aseyr, also known as Coday.

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Police are seen in Hargeisa, Somaliland, on May 18, 2015. Hargeisa police recently arrested two employees of HadhwanaagNews after a court ordered the outlet's website to be blocked. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

Somaliland authorities block HadhwanaagNews website, arrest 2 employees

Nairobi, September 18, 2019 — Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should immediately release two HadhwanaagNews employees and unblock the outlet’s website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A police officer is seen in Hargeisa, Somaliland, on May 16, 2016. Police in Hargeisa recently arrested Horyaal 24 TV owner Mohamed Osman Mireh. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

Somaliland police raid Horyaal 24 TV offices, arrest owner Mohamed Osman Mireh

Nairobi, September 9, 2019 — Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should immediately free Mohamed Osman Mireh and allow Horyaal 24 TV to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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People take part in celebrations of the 27th anniversary of self-declared independence of Somaliland in Hargeisa, on May 15, 2018. Somaliland police on July 30, 2019, arrested four Eryal TV journalists filming a corruption story in Hargeisa. (Mustafa Saeed/AFP)

Somaliland police arrest Eryal TV journalists filming corruption story

On July 30, 2019, police in the breakaway region of Somaliland arrested four journalists from privately owned Eryal TV, according to statements issued by the press rights group Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA) and the non-governmental organization Human Rights Centre-Somaliland.

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Police officers are seen in Hargeysa, Somaliland, on May 18, 2015. Police recently shut down two TV stations in the breakaway region. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

Authorities in Somaliland shut down 2 TV stations for ‘threatening national security’

Nairobi, June 19, 2019 — Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should immediately lift an indefinite ban on two privately owned television stations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A young man looks through a book at the Hargeisa International Book Fair in the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa on July 21, 2018. Somaliland authorities recently issued a one-year suspension of the privately owned Foore newspaper. (Mustafa Saeed/AFP)

Somaliland court suspends newspaper for one year for publishing ‘false news’

Nairobi, February 15, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed deep concern about a one-year suspension imposed by a Somaliland court on the privately owned Foore newspaper, and called on authorities to drop the charges on appeal.

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