OPEN LETTER: PRESS AND MEDIA FREEDOM IN SOMALILAND: CLOSING DOWN OF HAATUF NEWSPAPER

Once again, Somaliland Focus (UK) has written an open letter to H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahamoud of Somaliland expressing our concerns about events involving ongoing harassment and intimidation of news media members in Somaliland

The letter concerns the recent closing down and indefinite suspension of the Haatuf newspaper and its sister English-language weekly, Somaliland Times, by the police… Read the [...]

Open letter to President Silanyo: Hubaal newspaper and media freedom in Somaliland

Somaliland Focus (UK) has written an open letter to H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahamoud of Somaliland expressing our concerns about events involving Hubaal newspaper and ongoing harassment and intimidation of news media members in Somaliland

The letter follows up on our earlier letter in November, addressed to Mr Mohammed Behi Younis, Foreign Minister and Mr Abdullahi Mohamed Dahir, [...]

Open letter: Media freedom in Somaliland

Somaliland Focus (UK) writes open letter to Somaliland’s government expressing concerns about ongoing harassment and intimidation of news media members in Somaliland

The letter is addressed to Mr Mohammed Behi Younis, Foreign Minister and Mr Abdullahi Mohamed Dahir, Information Minister…Read the full [...]

Press release: International observers launch final report on Somaliland’s 2012 local elections

International election observation mission to Somaliland’s local council elections, assembled by Progressio, University College London and Somaliland Focus (UK), launches final report highlighting the “swerves on the road” as Somaliland continues to drive its developing democracy forward 

Six months on, the public release of the mission report notes that once again, Somalilanders displayed their dedication to the [...]

Press release: International Election Observers applaud commitment to democracy, but say action is required to ensure future election integrity

With results finally confirmed in Somaliland’s local elections, held on November 28th 2012, the international election observation mission assembled by Progressio, DPU and Somaliland Focus (UK) congratulates the people ofSomaliland and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on a lively and enthusiastic election campaign and voting process.

However, in advance of writing our final report, to be released in [...]

Press release: International observers congratulate Somaliland on local elections, with some concerns

International election observers congratulate Somaliland on a largely peaceful and transparent expression of democratic will in local elections—but concerned at weaknesses in safeguards against multiple voting

The mission congratulates the people of Somaliland and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) for efforts to conduct and participate in the elections on November 28th 2012, which saw 2,368 candidates contest [...]

Press release: The day after polling day

First thoughts of international election observation team assembled by Progressio, DPU and Somaliland Focus (UK) for Somaliland’s local council elections on November 28th

The team of 50 observers from 18 countries observed voting at 20% of the more than 1,700 polling stations, and stayed on for counts afterwards. Team members are continuing to observe counting and tabulation [...]

Election Observers 2010: Said Jama

Said Jama is a 66-year old scholar based in London.

“To my calculation, the country has immensely suffered at all levels under the dictatorial rule of Siad Barre followed by successive incompetent administrations. The people’s genuine aspiration to recovery and development met with disappointment. The realisation of this aspiration, I believe, can only be accomplished through the [...]

Election Observers 2010: Aly Verjee

“Elections are funny things. Highly technical and procedural exercises that are yet filled with emotionand rhetoric. Logistically sophisticated endeavours which ultimately can be quite simple and sometimes stark in the outcomes produced. I’ve seen polls in a few transition countries – DR Congo in 2006, Sudan in 2010 – and invariably voters’ expectations are high; change, [...]