Saturday, April 4, 2009

Four Puntland journalists detained at Somaliland airport

 Four Puntland journalists detained at Somaliland airport
3 Apr 3, 2009 - 3:12:30 PM

HARGEISA, Somalia Apr 3 (Garowe Online) - Four journalists who traveled to Somalia's separatist republic of Somaliland for a media seminar have been detained by local police, Radio Garowe reports.

The four journalists traveled by air to Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, after leaving their homes in Garowe and Galkayo, two cities in the self-governing Somali region of Puntland.

The journalists were detained at Hargeisa's Egal International Airport on Wednesday, where they were questioned by police.

Somaliland authorities said the journalists' arrival was not approved by the Ministry of Information, although the journalists argued that they were invited to Hargeisa to attend a seminar hosted by CARE International.

The detained journalists spent Wednesday night at a room in the airport. Radio Garowe's corresponded in Hargeisa, Mr. Mohamed Jamal, visited the journalists at the airport where they informed him that they were treated fairly well.

No comments have emerged from CARE International or the Somaliland government regarding this case.

Somaliland is located in northwest Somalia and unilaterally declared independence from the rest of the country in 1991, although the breakaway republic has not been recognized internationally.

Source: Garowe Online

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