By Mustafe Abdi Ibrahim
Somaliland Minister of Information, Abdullahi Mohamed Dahir has revoked with immediate effect the permit of a local Somali language Television station accused of airing a programme interpreted the satirical sketch which was seen as a meaning and insulting both Somaliland integrity and the office of the President.
The Minister of Information cited that the privately owned TV Channel was in breach of the agreement it signed with the Somaliland ministry of information which prompted the cancellation of its permit to operate within Somaliland borders.
The TV station has been suspecting of being used by spy agencies belonging to the to spy on military and other sensitive installations and accused of promoting federalism or Somali unity in Somaliland for quite some now unnamed sources told us.
Chairman of the justice and welfare party Hon Faisal Ali Warabe and the party’s Presidential Jamal Ali Hussein during a press conference held at the party’s headquarters yesterday, criticized the closure and ban of the private TV, urging Journalists to go for strike.
Mohamed Rashid the executive secretary of SOLJA spearheading several media groups have come out strongly condemned this ban and requested the Somaliland authorities to respect the rights of press.