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NUSOJ Urges Somaliland Authorities to re-open Haatuf Offices, after police raid

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Té / 10 April 2014

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is outrageous by the closure of the Haatuf Newspaper offices in Hargeysa by the Somaliland police and urges the authorities to re-open the publication.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 8, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)

Somaliland police stormed the offices of Haatuf newspaper in Hargeysa on Monday 07 April, 2014, following the orders of the regional court – accusing the newspaper for publishing false news – prompting the journalists on duty to flee, according to media reports.

The National Union of Somali Journalists is outrageous by the raid of the newspaper offices and condemns the act in the strongest terms possible and calls for the Somaliland authorities to allow the resumption of the newspaper without any conditions.

“Journalists have the right to expose the truth in the interest of the public and any act to silence them is a severe violation.” Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, “The authorities must allow the newspaper to resume its operations and stop the media intimidations.”

In February, Somaliland Authorities suspended the operations of the privately owned Universal Television, after accusing the television for insulting its president.

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