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Freedom Is Not Free

ISSUE 271
Front Page
Index
Headlines

EU Delegation Secures The Release Of Haatuf Journalists

Noteworthy Historical Facts Challenging Blair’s Perception Of So-Called ‘Somali Territorial Integrity’

Ethiopian Helicopter Shot Down In Mogadishu

SOPRI Press Release: 2006 Somaliland Conference In Arlington Now Available In DVD

Somali Clan Releases Prisoners In Peace Gesture

Illegal arms trafficking deepens Kenyan fears of insecurity

Congo struggles to emerge from free fall

Young Mujahideen Movement in Somalia Issues Statement and Video of Suicide Bombing in Mogadishu in Revenge for Somali Muslim Woman

Mission Report on the Trial Observation of Detained Human Rights Defenders
in Somaliland

Regional Affairs

U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Charges In Ethiopia Says He Was In An Al Qaida Camp In Somalia, But Was Never A Fighter

De-Traumatizing The Mind

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Blair sharpens tone over 15 Britons held in Iran

200th Anniversary Of Slave Trade Abolition

Swedish Girl Released After Somali War Arrest

Salvaging Security in Somalia

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Abdillahi Yusuf Fulfills The Age Old
Ethiopian Grandiose Strategy Against Somalia

Simple Dreams For Somali Teen

Ink in His Veins and Somalia in His Heart

Analysis: Clan Rivalry Threatens Somali Reconciliation Efforts

Finding their footing in a new land

Uganda Commander in Somalia Urges Speedy Deployment of More Troops

Food for thought

Opinions

Re-Integrating Somaliland & Somalia In The Community Of Nations

Imagine Somaliland As Offshoot Republic Of China In Africa!

Somaliland May Be Teetering Toward Failure

Following The Barre’s Footprints

Freedom Is In Jail, Not The Haatuf Journalists

Mr President, thank you for heeding nation's concerns

Petition For Impeachment Of Dahir Rayale Kahin


EDITORIAL

After spending almost three months in jail, the editor of this newspaper, Yusuf A. Gabobe, and my two colleagues, Ali Abdi Dini and Mohamed Omar Sheik, are happy to have our freedom back. During our incarceration, two factors helped in keeping our spirits up: our conviction that we were fighting for a righteous cause, and the outpouring of support that we received from Somalilanders inside and outside the country, civil society, the independent media, friends of Somaliland and international human rights organizations. We thank them all for standing by us and promise to redouble our efforts to provide them with reliable news and sharp analysis.

Although our government took an illegal and unjust action against us, we reiterate that we have no axe to grind with either the government or anyone else. Our first and foremost commitment is to our readers, and we shall do all we can to keep it that way.

We are glad that President Rayale finally realized that unjustly jailing journalists is unacceptable to a huge number of Somalilanders, friends of Somaliland, and pro-democracy international organizations. We have never asked for special treatment in the past, neither are we asking for it now. On the contrary, we have consistently opposed favoritism because it is closely tied with corruption.

We are neither in a bitter nor triumphant mood, and see our release from jail as a small and partial victory in the long and difficult struggle for democracy in Somaliland. A free and independent press is essential for establishing the democratic norms and values of transparency, accountability and the rule of law. Defending these values is what landed us in jail. But despite the heavy price we paid, we shall continue to uphold these values, because they are worth defending, and because freedom is not free.

Source: Somaliland Times


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