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Somali PEN Calls On Somaliland Government To Lift Its New Restrictions On Press Freedom

Issue 322
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Minerals Minister Accused of Receiving Kick Backs In The Six Figure Number

President Riyale Names 6 New Regions + 16 New Districts

Mohamed Yusuf Resigns As NEC Chairman

Somali PEN Calls On Somaliland Government To Lift Its New Restrictions On Press Freedom

UAE Dispatches Relief Supplies To Somaliland

Think Tanks Converge In Addis To Discuss Peace Building

Commonwealth Parliamentarians meeting concludes in London with observers from Somaliland

Puntland oil row: Examining the explorations of a corrupted authority

The Ones That Stayed Behind: The Untold Story Of The Human Shields

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Somaliland: The country that disappeared

A Vision Of Somaliland

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The Vortex Leadership Issue of Somalia

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Double standard policies of funding agencies ( The case of Somaliland Red crescents Society)


March 21, 2008 – The Somali-speaking Writers Centre of International PEN calls on the President of Somaliland, Dahir Rayale Kahin, to lift the new restrictions he has imposed on the independent media's accessibility to government-generated information.

According to The Somaliland Times (issue 320/8th March, 2008,) sister publication of Haatuf newspaper in Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland, a new directive by the presidency says "only journalists sanctioned by the minister of Information will be allowed to attend press conferences to be held by the president in his office."

The directive also says that journalists should carry a press card issued by the minister of Information as a pre-condition for being allowed into the Presidency.

Until now it has been the practice for journalists in Somaliland to obtain press cards from their employers or from one of the two journalists associations in Somaliland.

According to the newspaper and as confirmed by Somali PEN members in Somaliland, the new instructions are in line with the provisions of the draconian Yemeni press law of 1991 that the Somaliland authorities seems to have copied, word for word, from the internet and submitted it last year to the House of Representatives as a draft press law for governing Somaliland's independent press.

The Somali-speaking Writers Centre of International PEN condemns this new directive against freedom of expression and expresses its solidarity with journalists and writers in Somaliland. We strongly call on President Rayale to lift these new restrictions on the independent media in Somaliland.  

Source: African Path


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