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 [...]

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 [...]

Event: 4th Hargeisa International Book Fair

The fourth Hargeisa International Book Fair (HIBF) will take place on 22-26 July 2011.

HIBF is the main cultural event in Somaliland and one of the largest public celebrations of books in East Africa. Every July, HIBF brings writers, poets, artists and thinkers from Somaliland and from all over the world to share and discuss their art and [...]

Article: Somaliland expects

Ignored by the world, Somaliland’s peaceful elections were aided by press freedom unparalleled in the region. Will international recognition follow? Asks Sarah Howard, IEO in 2005 and 2010, in an article on Index on [...]