Beat Journalist in Hargeysa
Mogadishu, October 28, 2011
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly
condemns the violations against journalist which continues
in Somaliland as Somaliland police has beaten seriously a
Television journalist in Hargeysa.
Abdi Kahin better known as Boosh, who works for both a Somali
new website Ramaas
and Royal Television 24 respectively, was seriously beaten
by Somaliland police on Thursday Oct. 27, 2011 at Shacabka
neighborhood in Hargeysa, in proud daylight. The police accused
the journalist for taking recently published photographs.
The Secretary General of the Somaliland Journalists Association
(SOLJA), Mohamed Rashiid who contacted with NUSOJ expressed
his concerns about the beating of the journalist called it
"When I was seriously beaten, I requested them to take
to the police station." Mohamed Abdi Kahin told NUSOJ,
"But they refused me to file even my case to the police."
"We are following up the case and will file a case against
the police involved in the beating on Saturday." Mohamed
Rashid, SOLJA Secretary General said, "Impunity should
not be allowed to perceive."
"We condemn the strongest terms possible and beating
journalist or any other person is unlawful and call for the
Somaliland authorities to investigate the case thoroughly
and stop the harassment of the journalists and the obstruction
of the freedom of the expression." Mohamed Ibrahim, the
Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists
said, "The violations against journalists in Somaliland
has to end."
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) documented
at least a dozen press freedom cases in Somaliland among them
beating journalists, arbitrary arrests and threats.. NUSOJ
asks for the United Nations, Human rights Organizations and
press freedom groups to intervene the worsening and the climate
for journalists in Somaliland and the rest of the Somalia.