Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 14, 2012 – The Somaliland Journalist
Association (SOLJA) has secured the release of two Journalists who were
detained in the town of Las’anod last week for charges of propagating
false information against the state on the clashes which occurred in
Sool and Buhoodle, the charges which amount to sedition.
The journalists Mr Abdisaman Isse Mohamud (Keyse), who is a reporter for
Universal TV was arrested, while visiting his colleague who was in
custody for similar charges, Mr Ahmed Ali Farah a reporter with
Somali Royal TV. According to SOLJA Secretary General Mohamed Rashid
Muhumed Farah, the release of the journalists came after SOLJA asked the
Minister of Public affairs and Transport, Hon Ahmed Abdi Habsade to
intervene in order to secure the unconditional release of the two
journalists in custody.
The two journalists were arrested last week when the local authorities
of Sool accused them of being propagating false information that the
forces of the newly established regional state of Khatumo scaled war
against the Somaliland national forces in the region. The two
journalists had recently covered a conference in the town of Taleh that
culminated in the announcement of a new independent region.
Somaliland Journalist Association is welcoming the government’s release
of the two journalists” Said Mohamed Rashid Muhumed Farah, Mr. Mohamed
went on to say we are also thanking the Minister of Public Affairs and
Transport Ahmed Abdi Habsade for accepting our request for his
intervention in facilitating the release of the two journalists without
condition, as well as the Sool governor who accepted the minister’s
intervention by releasing the two journalist.