Somaliland: Journalist Detained for Asking Minister a Question at Press Conference

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Friday June 02, 2017 - 08:50:31 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somaliland: Journalist Detained for Asking Minister a Question at Press Conference

    HARGEISA (Somali Update Online) — Authorities in Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland detained an online journalist who asked the Health Minister a question during a press conference in Hargeisa, activists and media group said.

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Journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir is held at the Central Police Station in Hargeisa for the 10th day.
HARGEISA (Somali Update Online) — Authorities in Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland detained an online journalist who asked the Health Minister a question during a press conference in Hargeisa, activists and media group said.
The journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir, the editor of the online news portal Horseed Media, has been jailed without charge since Somaliland Health Minister Saleban Isse ordered police to arrest him after he asked a question at a May 24 press conference.
He is currently held at the Central Police Station in Hargeisa for the tenth day.
Guleid Ahmad Jama, chairman of the Human Rights Center in Somaliland, said the journalist's question was critical of the minister's performance, and implied the minister's work may have been impaired by alcohol, which is banned in Somaliland. 
The minister, who in the past carried several abuses against media houses and journalists was angered by Mohamed's question, and promptly ordered police to arrest the journalist. 
Guleid said Mohamed was detained without charge in the Criminal Investigation Department in the capital Hargeisa.
The Somaliland constitution requires authorities to charge or release suspects within 48 hours of their arrest.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called for the immediate release of the journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir.
"Mohamed Adan Dirir's detention without charge flies in the face of his constitutional rights and suggests that this government's most senior officials believe themselves above questioning," said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. "Authorities should release Mohamed immediately and stop trying to prevent journalists from doing their work."
According to CPJ documentation, the Somaliland government's attempts to suppress the media are increasing. In recent months, the group says it has documented the arrest and detention of multiple journalists in the territory, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991.

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