By: G.A. Maher
HARGEISA: (Somalilandsun) The four journalists arrested over Hubaal demo were remanded for seven days in prison following prosecutoral procedures which demands that suspects should not be held for over 48 hours before being taken to prison.
Opposition National Party (Wadani) has criticized the government for
the arrests of four journalists from the independent media, for holding
a peaceful demonstration in protest against release from prison custody of
a crooked police constable Mr. Ahmed Hassan Hashi.
The constable and his still-at-large colleague raided the Hubaal Media
Network premises on an assassination mission that back fired and
resulted in the capture of the suspect.
The injured owner of the daily Mr. Mohamud Ahmed Jama (Alooley) who was rescued by
youths in the vicinity.
The vice-chairman of the National Party said that it was the muzzling of press freedom and intimidating
reporters in the country. He told the government to immediately
release the four innocent journalists in police custody at Hargeisa
central police station. He reminded the president HE. Ahmed Mohammed
Mohamud (Silanyo) that during his 8 years stint in opposition and
resultant ascend to power was because of the independent media which
was his platform to complain for votes from the electorate and called
He criticized the president for using state security
personnel to intimidate innocent journalists and opponents.