Somaliland Releases Arrested Journalist on Bail

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Tuesday July 11, 2017 - 14:28:35 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somaliland Releases Arrested Journalist on Bail

    HARGEISA (Somali Update Online) — Somaliland Police on Tuesday released journalist Omar Hassan Ali (alias Serbiya) on bail after he was detained for three days in Hargeisa, the journalist and the journalists union confirmed.

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Journalist Omar Hassan Ali (Serbiya) has been released today from detention in Hargeisa.
HARGEISA (Somali Update Online) — Somaliland Police on Tuesday released journalist Omar Hassan Ali (alias Serbiya) on bail after he was detained for three days in Hargeisa, the journalist and the journalists union confirmed. Omar was working with a Mogadishu-based radio and television station, Goobjoog and was returning from Mogadishu when he was arrested on Saturday upon arrival at Egal International Airport in the capital, Hargeisa after traveling from Mogadishu.
Omar himself spoke to Somali Update Online said he is freed from detention on bail.
"I have now been freed from detention on bail and I am indeed quite sorry that I lost my freedom without justified case against me." he said.
Omar added that his arrest was based on allegations that he wrote comments against Somaliland on his Facebook. But he said there were no such comments and neither the authorities presented any charges against him.
"There were no any charges at all. They did not even explain to why I was detained." he added.
The journalist said the police informed me that he will be summoned back by the police when they need him.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomed the release of the journalist today.
"It is good to hear that Omar Hassan Ali to be released from jail despite we are deeply concerned about the repeated arrests against Journalists in Somaliland." said NUSOJ Secretary General Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu in a statement.
Harassment and intimidation against journalists have been a major concern for journalists in Somaliland which declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1992.
In April a court in Hargeisa has sentenced journalist and social activist Abdimalik Muse Oldon to two years in prison after he was arrested for meeting Somalia's new president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo. He was charged with engaging in anti-national activities, spreading "false" news and disturbing public order. The journalist was released following presidential pardon in late May.

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