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21.02.2012 Somalia

NUSOJ demands stop to harassment of journalists in Somaliland

By National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)
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MOGADISHU, Somalia, February 21, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has condemned the continued arrests and intimidations of journalists in Somaliland.

Somaliland authorities in Hargeisa arrested and detained two more journalists. In the recent past several other journalists have been arrested and detained by the local authorities.

Mohamed Abdi Hassan, nicknamed “Boosh”, who works for both Royal TV and Online publication, Ramaas news as a reporter, and Hassan Omar Hassan, who is a reporter with independent newspaper Ogaal, were arrested on 20 February in Hargeisa by Somaliland police.

The police accused the journalists of spreading “false news”, a standard response by the authorities to the publication of news they do not like.

“We demand that the authorities in Somaliland stop any further intimidation and arrests of journalists under any guise,” said NUSOJ Secretary General Omar Faruk Osman. “We call for the immediate release of Mohamed Abdi Hassan and Hassan Omar Hassan”.

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