Presidential guard Hits Haatuf Reporter on the Face at Hargeysa
Nov. 29. 2011
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the
continued harassment against the journalists in Somaliland,
after one of the Somaliland's presidential guards slapped
a reporter for the independent newspaper, Haatuf, on the face
on Monday morning around 11:00am local time, amid celebrations
to welcome President Siilaanyo' return was underway at the
Journalist Naasir Adan Nawaa, a repoter for an independent
Newspaper paper, Haatuf,
based in Hargeysa, was trying the cover the event, when one
of the presidential guards attacked and slapped him on the
face, singling out among dozen journalists at the airport,
according to local journalists.
don't know why this policeman attacked me in the midst of
the dozen journalists," Naasir Adan Nawa told NUSOJ,
"I was taking photographs when the policeman hit me unexpectedly
on the face."
was around 11:00am on Monday morning, It was expected the
president to arrive from Djibouti." Mr. Nawaa added.
Somaliland is a relative safe regions of nothern SomaliaUnprecedented
attacks against journalists have been one of the biggest challenges
the journalists face, sometimes facing arrests, intimidation,
legal procedures etc. The National Union of Somali Journalists
(NUSOJ) condemns the act and calls the Somaliland Authorities
to cease the attacks against the press.
the Journalist's face on duty by presidential guard is inhuman
and deliberate act of abuse," Mohamed Ibrahim, the Secretary
General of the National Union of Somali Journalists said,
"We demand from the Somaliland authorities to end the
impunity and call upon to cease the attacks against the journalists."
Oct. 27, 2011, Mohamed Abdi Kahin, who works for both a Somali
new website Ramaas and Royal Television 24 respectively, was
beaten by Somaliland police at Shacabka neighborhood in
Hargeysa, in proud daylight. The police accused the journalist
for taking recently published photographs.