IFJ condemns arrest of Somaliland journalist

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Thursday condemned the arrest of Abdullahi Hussein Darwish, a Somaliland reporter working for the Royal TV and Waaheen newspaper in northern Somalia.

In a statement issued by the global press freedom body, IFJ said Darwish was arrested in Erigabo town of Sanag region in northern Somalia and accused of spreading “false news”. But Somaliland did not specify the nature of the alleged false news accusation.

“We strongly protest against this arrest and all persistent measures to suppress journalists by Somaliland authorities”, Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director, said.

“Somaliland must end current trend of arresting and detaining journalists because of their work. Journalists must be allowed to cover news events without fear of arrest and harassment.”

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, IFJ said an editor of Simba Radio Abdiasis Ahmed Diriye was also wounded after gunmen fired at him and some other people.

The armed men reportedly targeted and killed a man sitting with Diriye who was consequently wounded by one of the bullets on his left leg.

The IFJ equally condemned the shooting of the editor and called for an end to such attacks against media workers in Somaliland.
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 26April2012

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