Somalia

Somaliland authorities continue attack on free expression

Authorities in somaliland de-register NGOs, while a local newspaper is also de-registered for being too critical towards government. Read more

Somaliland authorities continue attack on free expression

Journalists detained without charge in Puntland and Somaliland

In May 2018, authorities in Garowe, located in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, arrested journalist Ibrahim Obo Daud . Two journalists covering the conflict between the breakaway Somaliland and Puntland regions were arrested on in late May 2018. Police arrested more than 40 protesters for ‘destabilizing peace’ in the Somaliland region on 28th May 2018 Read more

Journalists detained without charge in Puntland and Somaliland

Crackdown on media workers continue

Media workers faced arrest, detention and even attacks for carrying out their work. Somaliland poet and peace activist Naema Qorane was charged with spreading unpatriotic propaganda Read more

Crackdown on media workers continue

Journalists and critical voices face harsh crackdown

Journalists face arrest and assault while attempting to cover controversial issues and voice criticism of the government. Read more

Journalists and critical voices face harsh crackdown

Expression

Attacks on journalists continue in Somalia, although the provisional Constitution protects free speech. Read more

Peaceful Assembly

The authorities rarely respect the freedom to assemble peacefully. Read more

Somalia-Overview

*Please note that updates on the Somalia page also cover developments in Somaliland*

The long-running conflict involving armed group Al-Shabaab and the Somali government, in addition to smaller conflicts with warlords over access to resources, continues to have a damaging effect on citizen’s basic freedoms,... Read more

Crackdown on journalists and protests in the run-up to and after Somaliland election

For the past few months, civil society has noted a deterioration in the situation for civic space in Somaliland, particularly due to judicial harassment of journalists and detention of opposition members in the run-up to the 13th November 2017 presidential election. Read more

Crackdown on journalists and protests in the run-up to and after Somaliland election