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Somalia Authorities Detain BBC Journalist
Issue 313
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Mass Rallies in Somaliland Call for Granting International Recognition To Somaliland

Top US envoy for Africa meets Somaliland leader

Somaliland: UK Reiterates Cooperation

Success Without Studying

US State Dept. Daily Press Briefing

President meets US government Officials and Somaliland Community

Hassan Sheikh Muumin [1930-2008]


Ethiopia: White Nile to Ink Oil Exploration Deal

Terrorism and War: Parallels, Differences and Suffering

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The nation that hangs together hangs together

Kenya: roots of crisis

Stop Illegal Hunting In Somaliland

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Who else is responsible of the political and humanitarian: Crisis in Kenya other than Kibaki?

Food for thought



Is Faisal Roble Another Mouthpiece for a Somali Warlord?

The United States and Somaliland: Recognition and 'Recognition'

The Power of Positive Thinking

Studying In Uganda: “Live To Learn, You Will Learn How To Live” Part 2

The New Somaliland Press & Publications Bill 2007

Dear philosopher if we could bring you back

The Paradox of African Democracy: So How Things Got Mixed Up?

MOGADISHU, January 16, 2008 – Regional authorities in Somalia have detained a local journalist working for the British Broadcasting Corporation for allegedly reporting misleading information, a senior official said Wednesday.

BBC Somali service stringer Ayanle Hussein Abdi was arrested Tuesday as he headed home to Beledweyne, the capital of Hiraan region, the region's governor Yusuf Ahmed Hagar said.

"Ayanle was propagating (lies) about the security situation by covering information showing nobody has peace in the region. We will bring him to justice," Hagar said.

Hagar also accused the journalist of dodging arrest as authorities sought him.

The Paris-based media rights group Reporters Without Borders called for his release, lamenting the worsening climate for journalists in the shattered East African state.

"The very few journalists who continue to work in Somalia at risk of their lives are easy prey," the group said in a statement. "Week after week, the authorities flout the most elementary rules of justice towards journalists who annoy them."

The BBC correspondent's arrest brings to four the number of journalists currently being held by authorities in Somalia, a country without an effective government since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Siyad Barre.

Source: AFP


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