The Oasis Reporters
June 21, 2019
The Society of African Journalists, SAJ has condemned the increasing clampdown on media houses and journalists by the Somaliland Government.
Earlier this week, the Somali government closed down two television stations without any cogent reason. Apart from that a journalist Abdimalik was arrested and held incommunicado.
In a press statement issued in Lagos, Nigeria, Michael Adeboboye, the acting President of SAJ, decried what he termed as the incessant harassment of journalists by the Somali government and called for the reopening of the media houses as well as the release of the detained journalist .
Full text of the briefing
SAJ Condemns Crackdown On Media in Somaliland
The Society Of African Journalists, SAJ hereby condemns the crackdown on journalists and media houses in Somaliland by the Somali authorities .
SAJ notes with regret that not too long ago, a Somali journalist, Ali Adan Mumin of Goobjoog Media Group was arrested and detained for writing on his Facebook page, and it took the effort of the National Union Of Somali Journalists, NUSOJ and other well meaning Somalis to have Adnan freed.
Once again, the SAJ has received with grave concern the closure of two private Television stations for no just cause by the Somali authorities
The ERYAL and HORYAAL 24 TV stations were all shut down on Tuesday morning, 18 June 2019 and to date have not been reopened
The SAJ therefore urges the Somali authorities to take into consideration the negative economic and international impact that the closure of these two media houses will have on Somaliland, and to reopen the closed media houses with immediate effect.
Similarly, the continued detention of Abdimalik Muse Oldon is a flagrant breach of international law and a pointer to a desire on the part of the Somaliland government to muscle the media’s freedom to perform its role of information dissemination.
This is totally unacceptable to us as African journalists.
The SAJ therefore calls for the immediate release of Abdimalik Muse Oldon and other journalists .