Somaliland: Journalists freed on bail

By IAfrica
In Somali
May 28th, 2014

Hargeisa (Somalicurrent) –Somaliland administration has freed Yousuf Abdi Gabobe, the chairman and the founder of Haatuf Media Network and his editor in chief Ahmed Ali Egge on bail after they have been held in Gabiley detention center for a month.

2 trail proceedings against the journalists by the plaintiffs have been heard in Hargeisa regional court as more other trail proceedings are expected to be heard by the court in the coming few days before the verdict of case being decided.

In April 17, Police forces in the Somaliland administration have shut down and told that a court order has suspended the publication of Haatuf newspapers (Haatuf and Somalilandtimes) in the after the institutions were reported to be alleged of insulting government officials.

The chairman strongly denounced Silanyo led administration of attacking media freedom and violation of constitutional rights of journalists. He added the administration has suspended Haatuf newspapers because the paper has started of publishing series critical corruption related reports that alleged Silanyo led administration of mishandling of finances.

Days after the media institution closed, Hargeisa regional court has again issued an order of blocking Haatuf websites (Somalilandtimes and Haatuf media Network) by the Telecommunications companies including Telesom, Somtel, and African Online which are Somaliland’s internet providers.

Rights group, political opposition parties and media associations in the country have strongly denounced the suspension order of the court on Haatuf news papers.

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