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Somaliland: Journalists detained without charge

By Marta Cooper / 11 April 2012


Two journalists have been detained without charge for over a week. Somaliland authorities arrested Ahmed Ali Farah, a reporter for Royal TV, in the disputed northwest town of Las Anod, in the Sool region, on 31 March. Three days later fellow television reporter Abdisaman Isse was arrested while visiting Farah in prison. Somaliland law forbids detainees from being held without charge for more than 48 hours. Authorities are said to have not disclosed reasons for the journalists’ detention. Somaliland is a self-declared, unrecognised de facto sovereign state internationally recognised as an autonomous region of Somalia.

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