Somaliland:Freelance Journalist Mr. Jama Jiir Released from Jail

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Release the Journalist Jama JiirBy Mo Guled

The government of Somaliland has released free-lance Journalist Mr. Jama Jiir has been in detention since late 2013, after Somaliland authorities ordered his arrest for reporting unfavorably on the government.

The journalist is a prominent writer who had often written about the situation in Somaliland especially matters relating to corruption, nepotism, justice and mishandling of public funds by the ruling party.

Somaliland authorities could not bear the damages to the reputation of the government in publications by the journalist and therefore, ordered his arrest and imprisonment after being charged with making false accusations and defamation.

The journalist got ill while in jail because of injuries sustained after alleged torture by the prison authorities.

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