HARGEISA INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR 2016: The Media and Leadership in Somaliland

As part of the Hargeisa International Book Fair 2016, Somaliland Focus (UK) continued its campaigning on media freedom in Somaliland by participating in a panel discussion on media and leadership. The panel examined the media in Somaliland, including the legal environment, media standards, the importance of media in the run-up to elections in 2017, and the [...]

OPEN LETTER: Media freedom in Somaliland: the arrest of reporters from Horn Cable TV and SomSat TV

Somaliland Focus (UK) has again been compelled to write 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 was prompted by the arrest in Gabiley on the 30th and 31st October of reporters Mukhtar Nouh Ibrahim from Horn [...]

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: 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 [...]

Press release: On the eve of Somaliland’s elections…

International election observation team assembled by Progressio, DPU and Somaliland Focus (UK) reports good progress towards Somaliland’s local council elections scheduled for November 28th 2012

On the eve of a poll which will determine the political shape of Somaliland for the next decade, stakes are high and campaigning is lively. But there is no room for complacency… [...]

Article: Somaliland – Open for Business

Quman Jibril Akli of Somaliland Focus quoted in the Guardian…. click here [...]

Blog: Somaliland – proof that aid doesn’t work…?

…or lessons on some of the kinds that do (sometimes)

A blog piece by Dr Michael Walls, outgoing SFUK chair, in response to media coverage of how Somaliland’s lack of recognition supposedly has a bearing on the aid effectiveness debate. You can read the [...]

Letter to Minister of Information about press freedom

The below letter was sent by Somaliland Focus to Somaliland’s Minister of Information, following reports about the lack of due process involved in recent arrests of journalists and closure of media outlets.

The Committee to Protect Journalists‘ article on this subject can be found here: In Somaliland, crackdown on the press continues

Ahmed Abdi Mahamud ‘Haabsade’
Minister [...]

Press release: Somaliland’s women praised for building democracy

Women and young people are playing a key role in building a democratic society in Somaliland, says a report on Somaliland’s 2010 presidential elections by the international election observation team.

Sucaad Odowa-Nielsen, a member of the Somaliland diaspora in the UK who participated as an election observer, described the contribution of women to campaigning as “well-organised, resourceful [...]

Radio: Election observers – the New Zealand angle

Radio Live (New Zealand) interviewed Michael Walls and Conrad Heine of Somaliland Focus from Hargeisa just after the presidential election. Click here [...]

Press release: A new president for Somaliland

A new president for Somaliland

Somaliland’s new president inaugurated in Hargeisa following final confirmation of June election results Progressio, the Development Planning Unit at University College London (UCL) and [...]

Election Observers 2010: Ed Hobey

Ed ‘The Mole’ Hobey was IEO Logistics Co-ordinator.

“I must admit that my first thought on landing in Hargeisa was ‘what have I got myself into?’ I had spent the past few weeks trying to explain to my ever-worrying mum the difference between Somalia and Somaliland. I had reassured her that – after years of civil war [...]

Slideshow: Somaliland’s presidential elections

A slideshow (with commentary) on Somaliland and the presidential elections, featuring images by Claudia Simoes of the 2010 IEO mission, has been published on The Economist online:

Somaliland’s presidential elections: A small corner [...]