Somaliland should lift media freedom without condition

The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) joins the desperate freedom call from the local and regional journalists Unions in Somalia and Uganda in order to make sure the media solidarirty in the region.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns in the strongest terms possible  the unrelenting violations against the journalists and the media by the Somaliland authorities in which they
had arrested 21 journalists were jailed on Sunday 15 January, 2012, in a string of arrests and media raids in the past week suffered by the Somaliland journalists, making the total journalists held without
charges to 24.

http://nusoj.org.so/alerts/2012/Jan2012/21journalists_arrested_in_Hargeysa_television_licence_suspended.htm

With the increased detentions and attacks against the media in the past week against the journalists and the episode in which the police raided and shut down the offices of the Horn Cable Television,
ordering the media staff and the journalists to leave the offices on Saturday 14 January, 2012 in Hargeysa forced the journalists without reserve to show their concerns through a protest in front of the
presidential palace in Hargeysa on Sunday morning 15 January, 2012.

However, the media fraternity was not expecting the urgent frightening answer, though unaware their call for media freedom and protection could soon turn its worse.

Soon the police sealed the area around 10:00am local time and started arrests along with beating up journalists until some of them poured blood from their mouths. It is a tragedy facing the Somali Journalists on the eve of 2012 and all these acts along others are meant to
suppress the freedom of Expression.

Similarly, the Uganda Journalists Union (UJU) condemns in the strongest terms
possible continued arrest and intimidation of Journalists by Somali
authorities.

We have learnt from our sister organisation, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ),of continued attacks against journalists by Somaliland police. This follows  arrest on Wednesday of two
journalists in the town of Boorama and the holding without charges of a Universal TV Reporter for the fourth day in the town of Las-Anod of Sool region.

This is a systematic move aimed at suppressing voices of dissent, intimidate members of the media from playing their roles of informing the public of what really goes on in that country. We appeal to
Somaliland authorities, and in any part of the country, to respect fundamental principles of human rights. Journalists should be allowed to play their roles and to enjoy Press Freedom. All journalists still
in custody should be released unconditionally and arbitrary arrests must come to end.
Journalists should be allowed to render their work in the noble profession without fear or favour. Justice must be administered and seen to be administered. The struggle for peace, Press Freedom and
Freedom of Expression  must continue in Somalia.

Somaliland enjoyed a different  development programmes from the  United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) and good quality political support from the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS).

Finally, the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) calls the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS)and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as global and regional well wishers to take a close look for what is going on Somaliland and step up their attention  and push Somaliland authorities to release the arrested journalists as soon as possible.

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