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Journalist held illegally in Puntland

first_img SomaliaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists SomaliaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression August 8, 2017 Journalist held illegally in Puntland RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Garowe prison in Puntland, December 2014. Photo: MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB / AFP Also known as Omar Dheere, Omar Ali Hassan was arrested for no apparent reason in Garowe, Puntland’s capital, on 6 August and is being held in a prison in the southern part of the city without being charged. A reporter for the Horseed Media news website and member of the Media Association of Puntland, he had posted comments critical of Puntland’s president and parliament on social networks shortly before his arrest. “We firmly condemn the arbitrary arrest and continuing detention of Omar Ali Hassan, who just did his job as a journalist, and we call on the authorities to free him at once as no formal charge has been brought against him,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. Puntland has acquired its own institutions since declaring its autonomy in 1998 and its 2012 constitution guarantees media freedom, but RSF has noted frequent media closures and abuses against journalists, who are subjected to intimidation by government officials with complete impunity. Somalia is ranked 167th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation News Follow the news on Somalia March 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns journalist Omar Ali Hassan’s arbitrary detention by the police in the self-proclaimed autonomous state of Puntland, in northeastern Somalia, and calls for his immediate release.center_img Receive email alerts News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Help by sharing this information News to go further February 24, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more