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Freedom of speech in Somaliland is about to collapse

June 10, 2014

Freedom of speech in Somaliland is about to collapse

Abdi's world

Since 27/7/2010, when former President H.E. Dahir Rayale transferred power to H.E. Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, his administration has increased its harassment towards the press across Somaliland. Many journalists have been illegally arrested, media houses including Hubaal and Haatuf shut down along recently admitted into parliament a new media law intended to oppress the press in Somaliland is in the making.

 ImageOn 18/8/2010 members of the House of Representatives- majority of whom were from the current presidents’ clan – and the Ministry of Interior began drafting a new draconian media law.  This law was nothing but a gag order aimed at weakening press freedom and freedom of opinion. It is interesting to note that neither the Ministry of Interior nor the members of the House of Representatives have any prerogative right to draft media law as such an area is beyond their jurisdiction.

 

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