SOMJA condemns the arrest of two Somali journalists in Las-anod

04, April 2012.

Somali Online Media and Journalists Association (SOMJA)  condemns the arrest of two Somali journalists that Somaliland Authorities arrested in Las-anod the District of Sool Region in northern Somalia.

The two journalists are: Abdisamad Kayse, who was arrested, when he was going to visit his colleague  Ahmed Ali Farah, who was also arrested by the Somaliland Authorities in Las-anod.

Kayse is a freelance journalist, but he was a member of the journalists that were covering the conference of Khatumo II in Taleh, which Sool, Cayn and Sanaag regions, known as  (SSC) were going to make a union administration called Khatumo State, at that time he was working with Somali TV (Universal TV).

The conference was not satisfied by the Somaliland Authorities, because the people that held the conference reside Lasanod District in Sool region and that is why the reason that Somaliland Authorities are targeting the journalists covered the Khatumo II conference in Taleh.

On the other hand Ahmed Ali Farah was also a member of that journalists and he was reporting from Taleh to Royal TV, but while he came to Las-anod as to visit his family they arrested him by any reason.

“We urgently appeal to the Somaliland Authorities to release the two journalists held in Las Anod and to respect the convention of the human rights that allows every journalist in the world can work freely and freedom of speech,  because journalists are the ones, who convey the fact and the needs of any society in the world, to violate their rights and to kill, arrest, target and threatening were absolutely condemned the United nations and the Human rights defenders like International Media and the journalists organizations that defend their rights and give them speech to work freely like SOMJA.” The general secretary of SOMJA Mr. Mohamed Ali Abdi (Royter) said.

The arrest of these two journalists is one of human rights violations as well as freedom of Speech against journalists in Sool region, since Somaliland’s occupation of Lasanod in 2007.

SOMJA Headquarters 
Nasteho Street, Madina.
Wadajir Disrict, Mogaidshu, Somalia
Telephone: +25261-5870730/25262-5870730 
Email: / 


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