Somalia: Puntland Security Forces Illegally Detain Senior Journalist

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Monday August 07, 2017 - 13:04:26 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: Puntland Security Forces Illegally Detain Senior Journalist

    GAROWE (Somali Update Online) — Security forces operating under the orders of Puntland President have detained a senior journalist Omar Said Mohamed (better known as Omar Dhere).

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Journalist Omar Said Mohamed (Omar Dhere).
GAROWE (Somali Update Online) — Security forces operating under the orders of Puntland President have detained a senior journalist Omar Said Mohamed (better known as Omar Dhere).
The journalist is the editor on Horseed Media online portal and the chief communication officer of the Media Association in Puntland (MAP), a press freedom defending organization in the region.
According to a colleague who asked anonymity due to safety concerns, the journalist was detained at the evening of Sunday, August 6th, by elite police forces and took him to a prison on the southern of Garowe, the administrative capital of Puntland.
"It's the same detention where journalist Ahmed Ali Kilwe was detained before he was released last month." said the colleague.
According to journalists and local officials, Puntland security forces also use the facility to jail suspected members of the terror group Al-Shabab.
It was not immediately clear the motive behind the arrest of journalist Omar Dhere. Senior official of MAP said they were assessing the matter and will release a statement about the arrest.
Besides of his journalistic work, Omar Dhere has been an active press freedom advocate in Puntland and has given press interviews to several local and international organizations in relation to Puntland's continued press freedom abuses and jailing of journalists.

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