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The Government’s Assault On Haatuf

ISSUE 259
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Somaliland Authorities Arrest Editor Of Somaliland Times ‘Yusuf Abdi Gabobe’ and Haatuf Editor ‘Ali Abdi Dini’

Djibouti, Somaliland In Bitter Port Feud

By dawn the Islamists were gone

The Barbaric Lynching of President Saddam Hussein

Creation of a Peacekeeping Force for Somalia Will Face Difficulties, Says Analyst

Ali Mohammed Ghedi-Meles Zenawi's Stooge and Somalia's Traitor

U.S. diplomat wants African peacekeepers in Somalia by end of January

Former Members of Radical Somali Group Give Details of Their Group

Somaliland Will Be Recognized

Regional Affairs

Five Somali MPs nabbed in Nairobi

American warships patrol off Somalia

Editorial
Special Report

International News

US General Does Not See American Troops In Somalia

Another New York Times Cover-up?

A new UN for a new UN secretary-general?

Wales Somalis Express Fears For Homeland

Analysis: What now in Somalia?

Three Somalias --And Counting

This War In Africa Should Not Be Taking Place

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

The "Demonization" of Muslims and the Battle for Oil

Sweeping Up in Somalia

Security Outlook Seen as Fragile

What Lies Ahead For Somalia? An Interview With Hussein Yusuf

The U.S. 'War of Territory'

We Can't Afford To Ignore Africa Anymore

Food for thought

Opinions

Unlawful Arrests Of Journalists As Violation Of Basic Constitutional Rights

We never learn!!!

No Case Against Haatuf To Answer

Arresting Journalists - A Bad Act

Support Haatuf and Save Somaliland Democracy

Is Somaliland A Democratic State

Cursory Look At Southern Somali Politics And How It Pits Against SL Independence

Is KULMIYE Hutuing Out Of Desperation?

Will the new Ethiomalian Empire stop the never-ending Somali exodus?


EDITORIAL

The illegal detention of the editor of the Somaliland Times, Yusuf Gabobe, and the editor of its sister newspaper Haatuf, Ali Abdi Dini, is a serious blow to the freedom of the press in Somaliland. The detention is illegal because it happened without a warrant, whereas Somaliland’s press law which was passed by parliament and signed by the president himself, stipulates that a warrant must be issued before arresting a journalist. In addition to illegally detaining the above two journalists, Somaliland’s police physically assaulted another Haatuf staff, Mr Huseen Khalif. During their illegal raid on Haatuf Media Network’s office, Somaliland’s ill-disciplined police also forcibly took cameras from Haatuf journalists and created an atmosphere of fear and pandemonium in Haatuf’s office.

The reason behind the attack on Haatuf is no secret. It is because of a series of articles by Mohammed Rashid Muhummed Farah detailing corruption and appropriation of public funds by the president and his wife. In the interest of fairness, Haatuf had published rebuttals to Mohamed Rashid’s articles. But it is clear from the raid and the reasons the police gave for it, that the government wants to punish Haatuf for daring to publish those articles in the first place. Instead of addressing the issues raised in the articles or trying to get redress through the courts, Somaliland’s government took the law into its own hands and used the state’s machinery against citizens who were doing their job. This shows that the government thinks it’s above the law, and a government that thinks this way sets a bad example for the rest of the citizenry.

It is noteworthy that the government’s assault on Haatuf happened at a time when important changes are taking place in the Horn of Africa region. It is also evident that in order to effectively deal with these changes, Somalilanders would need to be vigilant and united. By unleashing its attack on Haatuf Media Network at such a critical time, and knowing full well the divisive effects and the damage to relations between the government and the independent media that would ensue from such an attack, Somaliland’s government has confirmed, yet again, that its first priority is to defend the personal interests of the president and his ministers rather than the interests of the country.

 

Source: Somaliland Times


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