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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

Alerts   |   Somalia

Somaliland authorities ban international broadcaster

A screen shot of the "Faaliyaha Qaranka" show on Universal TV.

Nairobi, February 5, 2014--Authorities from the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland on Monday indefinitely banned the U.K.-based private broadcaster Universal TV in connection with its critical coverage of the president, local journalists told CPJ. The station has complied with the directive and is not broadcasting in Somaliland, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Police raid and shut down paper in Somaliland

Nairobi, December 16, 2013--Police in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland on December 13 raided the Hargeisa offices of the critical independent daily Hubaal, arrested two staff members, and ordered the publication to be shut down, according to news reports. This is the third time the paper has been targeted this year.

Case   |   Somalia

Journalists jailed for covering protest in Somaliland

Police arrested four journalists on December 3, 2013, and detained them for nearly a week for covering a peaceful protest in the capital of the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland, according to local journalists and human rights organizations.

Blog   |   Somalia

Q&A: Hubaal's editor talks about press in Somaliland

Editor Hassan Hussein, left, and Director Mohamed Ahmed relaunch their publication one day after the government lifts its suspension. (Hubaal)

Hubaal, Somaliland's critical and much-beleaguered daily newspaper, is back on newsstands after a presidential pardon last week. The paper was shuttered on orders of the attorney general in June without explanation. In April, two gunmen, subsequently identified by authorities as police officers, raided the office of Hubaal and attacked its staff after a series of critical articles accusing the government of nepotism and misuse of office. Editor Hassan Hussein and Managing Director Mohamed Ahmed were both convicted on defamation charges last month and given prison terms. The two journalists were released on bail and are appealing their convictions.

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