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Media Watchdog Urges Somaliland To Free Journalist
Abdirahman Muse Slapped And Arrested By Somaliland Capital’s Mayor

Issue 284
Front Page

Mayor Jiir Beats Up And Imprisons SLTV News Editor

Bittersweet Independence

Citizens’ Committees From 11 Districts Across Somaliland Meet In Burao To Discuss ILO Projects

Somaliland Now Centre For Illegal Female Cutting

Ethiopian Premier Admits Errors on Somalia

Bush hits dead-end in Somalia

Who’s Sawing Off The Horn Of Africa?

Africom: DoD's Shiny New Toy

US concerned by NGO arrests in Somalia

Regional Affairs

Media Watchdog Urges Somaliland To Free Journalist Abdirahman Muse Slapped And Arrested By Somaliland Capital’s Mayor

Ali Hussein Diriye - 'All We Have Is Freedom

Special Report

International News

I Have Heard The Need For Change... Now Let The Work Of Change Begin

Somali Playwright Accused Of Molestation Fails To Show Up For Trial

Four Bouncers Charged With Attempted Murder

Africa: Cell Phones And Schools Help Improve Women’s Rights


The Conoco Somalia Declassification Project

Book Sees Oil As Troubled Resource For Africa

NY Jury Delivers Mixed Verdict In Khat Smuggling Case

Somali Woman Jumps Off Burning Building

Former Cat Abdirahman Captures 10,000 Meters

The Name Of The Game In Somalia Is Oil

Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Boileau

Food for thought


Has Somaliland Three Parties Or One Party With Three Names?

Somaliland And The 26th Of June

The Poisoned Cup

Abdirahman Aw Ali Farah: KULMIYE's Sole Lifeline

Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, MP as UK’s New Prime Minister

What role would Ethiopia/USA play to tackle the Somaliland/Somalia issue?

Paris, France, June 30, 2007 – Reporters Without Borders Friday condemned the arbitrary behavior of mayor Hussein Mohamoud Ji’ir of Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland, who Thursday slapped journalist Abdirahman Musse Omar several times in the face and then had him arrested.

“The only explanation for Omar’s continuing detention is abuse of authority by the mayor,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Omar must be released at once. His arrest is the result of an archaic view of authority. It is the mayor, not the journalist, who should be punished since, as far as we know, Somaliland’s laws do not permit this kind of abusive behavior.”

When Omar went to the Hargeysa city hall at 10 a.m. yesterday, the mayor came out of his office and asked who had come to see him. Omar said he wanted to get his comments on the deadly clashes that had taken place between police and residents in a suburb of Hargeysa. Instead of replying, the mayor snatched his camera and began to slap him. Security guards then locked him up in one of the two cells that have been built inside the city hall. Last night he was taken to police headquarters in Hargeysa, where he is still being held.

A Somaliland journalist told Reporters Without Borders that Omar was due to appear in court tomorrow. It is not known what charges will be brought against him.

Source: Reporters Without Borders

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