The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns – in the strongest terms possible – the arrest of a VOA journalist on Sunday afternoon, February 26, 2017 in Beledwein, the capital of Hiran region, located around 340 km North of Mogadishu.
The arrest of Hussien Hassan Dhaqane , was ordered from the Governor of Hiiraan region’s office, Ali Jeyte as Hussien was first called from regional headquarter where he was later informed his detention. Dhaqane is now arrested in an intelligence detention center in Lama Galaay a former military barrack where he was taken to.
It is not yet clear the reason behind the arrest of VOA reporter Hussien Hassan Dhaqane in Beledwein but close colleagues in Beledweyne told the National Union of Somalia Journalists (NUSOJ) that they believe his detention is over Dhaqan’s last report he filed to VOA on Sunday morning edition 26 February ,2017 in which interviewed some members of Hirshabeelle parliament who alleged the President of Hirshabelle state Ali Abdullahi Osoble of neglecting duties and misconducts.
“”We ask the Administration of Hiiraan region to unconditionally release the VOA reporter in Hiiraan and we call upon them to respect the media. Freedom of expression and freedom of opinion are among the most fundamental freedoms and rights in any democratic society.” Said Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists.
National Union of Somali Journalists have been chasing to talk to the regional administration and used different kind of communications to find out the real purpose behind the journalist arrest but unfortunately so far no progress has been made.
Some regional administrations in Somalia imprison the journalists for hours and some time days a tactic to intimidate journalist to avoid reporting realties on the ground.
NUSOJ also expresses its concern over the long detention in Hargeisa Journalist Abdimalik Muse Coldoon. He was arrested on 15 February upon returning to Hargeisa,the capital of Somaliland. Coldoon travelled to Mogadishu to report from Somalia’s Presidential election but Somaliland authority accused him that he did beyond journalism and melted in the politics of a neighbor country.
Journalist Coldoon is still detention center in Somaliland without trail and many attempts to release him failed.