SOLJA Sues Interior Minister for Beating and Kidnapping of Journalist
Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA) would like to thank the judiciary branch for
accepting the lawsuit case against the Interior Minister Mr. Ali Mohamed Waran’adde on
14/04.2016. The lawsuit opened by the court is about bringing the minister of interior to the
justice in order to sue him for his deliberate perpetration made to one of Somaliland
journalists named Abdi Fatah Ismail Arshe, whom the minister and his security guard
hijacked to the minster’s house and was arrested illegally after he was badly beaten on
The Journalist Association standing for the defence and promotion of journalists ‘rights, is
requesting from the attorney general and the commander of CID to investigate the crime
made by the minister as soon as possible in consideration to the complaint from the victim .
The Somaliland journalists association (SOLJA) is repeatedly criticizing any action
oppressing the freedom of press beyond the press law of Somaliland. Somaliland journalists
association has many court trail cases against the journalists and press agencies passed to the
court by the members of the Somaliland government officials. Therefore, SOLJA is
requesting from the judiciary branch to open lawsuits against one another which they have in
SOLJA believes that government officials and civilians are equal before the law. So that
SOLJA will disclose to the public any incidence about any government official trying to
oppress citizens and freedom of speech through misuse of power without respect to the
fundamental rights of citizens. SOLJA is also calling press agencies and journalist to respect
journalism ethics as stipulated in the national constitution and press law of Somaliland.
SOLJA Is also warning government officials to continue whatever deteriorating the
relationship between the press and the government institutions, although it is emerging that
the government officials are not showing any flexibility towards cooperating and establishing
working relationship with country’s media houses and journalists.
Also SOLJA is calling the government to stop the illegal arrest of journalists and should
respect the decisions issued by the meeting held on Wednesday between the press agencies,
security authorities and judiciary as said on the press statement issued from SOLJA.
Mohamoud Abdi Jama (Huuto)
Chairman of SOLJA