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Somaliand: SOLJA Condemns Closure of Hatuuf Media Group
Monday, 07 April 2014 21:37

By: Osman A.M.

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) - Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA) has strongly condemned the storming, take over and closure of Hatuuf Media Group head office in Hargeisa on the afternoon of Monday.

Armed police officers with complete anti-riot gear ordered reporters, editors & other staff out of the premises and shut down the main doors to the media giant that owns and prints Hatuuf a daily paper in native Somali language and Somaliland times a weekly English language paper that is favorite of most foreigners in the country.

In a strongly worded reaction to this incident the chairman of SOLJA Mr. Hassan Mohamed Yusuf reserved no blameworthiness for the Government terming it "as despotic, tyrannical and retrospective of the gains made in the freedom of press together with the regulations governing the media industry in the last few years in reconstructing the country.

"It is obviously clear that the current regime negates the fundamental rights and freedoms spelt out in the Bill of Rights in a very unique way that never experienced before. Recurring suppression of freedom of press that is regularly unleashed against our members must come to an end. Without healing of the wounds inflicted as a result of the closure of previous media outlets namely HCTV and Hubaal we are again being subjected to intimidation and coercion that grossly prejudices our obligations notwithstanding due process of the legal systems established in the country", Wrote Mr. Yusuf on behalf of the Association in a letter send to newsrooms dated 7th April 2014.

Also manifest in the Government's action of forcefully taking over private property is disrespect to Laws & morality generally asserts Mr. Yusuf's letter.

He advises the state to explore meaningful alternatives instead of resorting to intimidate & use force to invert the gains achieved so far during the post reconstruction of the nation and further counseled authorities to quash its orders of shutting down hatuuf altogether before masses turn against the rulers.



0 #4 Gusweeyne 2014-04-08 23:52
Layla Isla daa ninkaas ee aan isaragno ee halkaad joogtaa?
0 #3 Layla 2014-04-08 19:03
Yusuf1 waar reermiyi baatahay respect freedom of journalist!
0 #2 Yusuf1 2014-04-08 10:45
Shame on you cheap wannabe journalists, do you think liars like Gaboobe have the licence to transgress on the rights of private citizens and government officials alike and can get away with it by hiding behind a stained journalist shirts?

No more, these people should face the music of justice and must be silenced once and for all. The time extortion and black mails ends today.
0 #1 Guled 2014-04-08 07:44
Yusuf Abdi Gaboobe is a fat drunk liar who extorts politicians and businessmen into paying him so he doesn't insult him in his newspapers. He is a bully. That is not press freedom its criminal activity

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