Somaliland arrests journalist over Facebook post

National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ is dismayed by the arbitrary arrest and continued detention of a local journalist by the Somaliland police in Las Anod town in Sool region.

Journalist Adam Jama Oogle who is also known Habeb was arrested at his home on Monday, 14 May 2018, following the orders of regional governor of Sool, Mr Abdi Hayre Dirir

According to local journalists, Adam Jama Oogle who is a freelance journalist was detained due to a Facebook post in which he said the people in the region are supporting the unity of Somalia, and Somaliland officials were very infuriated by this post.

“There have been increasing cases of arrests and harassment of journalists in Somaliland, often on the orders of Somaliland officials. We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Adam Jama Oogle,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General. “Somaliland must not curtail the freedom of expression of those who live in its regions”.

Sool regional administration reportedly called on Oogle’s family and demanded that the family writes a guarantee that the journalist will not publish such post again but the family refused as it may be an attempt to restrict Oogle.

NUSOJ implores Somaliland authorities to stop constant crackdown of journalists who exercise their right to express freely their opinion. Adam Habeb has previously worked for Radio Las Anod, after he decided to work as a freelance journalist.