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article imageDon’t see, don’t talk - abuses against Somali journalists Special

By Ali Ghedi     Oct 28, 2011 in World
Mogadishu - Mohamed Abdi Kahin, best known as Boosh, a journalist who works for Royal Television 24 and a new website called (Ramaas), was badly beaten by Somaliland police without obvious reason.
The police accused Kahin of taking lately published photographs. The beating took place in daylight hours on 27, October, at “Shacabka” neighborhood in Hargeysa.
Mohamed Rashiid, who is the Secretary General of Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA), defines the episode as” unfortunate and unacceptable”.
Mohamed Abdi Kahin told the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ):”When I was seriously beaten, I requested them to take me to the police station, but they refused me to file even my case to the police.”
"We are following up the case and will file a case against the police involved in the beating on 27 October." Mr. Rashid, (SOLJA) Secretary General said, "Impunity should not be allowed to perceive.
"We condemn the strongest terms possible and call for the Somaliland
Authorities to investigate the case thoroughly and stop the harassment
of the journalists and the obstruction of the freedom of the expression.”
Mohamed Ibrahim, the Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), told Digital Journal[/] "It is unlawful and inhuman to beat a journalist or any other human what so ever the circumstance might be and the violations against journalists in Somaliland have to end."
The Somali Journalists spearheaded by the Union officials received Hasan Mohamed “Antenna”, who was wounded in Bosaso, commercial sea port of Puntalnd, on 22 September of this year, where he went a surgery from private clinic with generous support of (NUSOJ) and East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Project based in Kampala, Uganda.
Meanwhile, Hasan Mohamed Anteena, who has been paralyzed by left hand and left leg, shared frightening experiences with the Somali journalists at the union’s HQ at Taleeh Street and briefed the journalists, including Digital Journal, along with the Secretary General of the Union.
“Our colleague Hasan needs urgent treatment and your solidarity is milestone achievement.” Mohamed Ibrahim, (NUSOJ) Secretary General said, who highlighted the risky conditions that the Somali journalists are working in.
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