Investigative Reports

Somaliland Office in Taiwan Rejects Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The Republic of Somaliland Representative Office in Taiwan has...

Ministry of Information Spends 600,000 US Dollars to Fix a Decade Old Radio Station

According to a contract signed by the Minister of Information, Culture...

How Somalia is trying to Stifle Somaliland – US ties with an Online Troll and a pseudo-Charitable Organization

In February, June, and  August 2022, Mr. Okeke-Von Batten filed Lobby Disclosure Act...

Court Injunction Seeks to Block Reporters Social Media Accounts to Curb Incitement of Violence and Propaganda

A court injunction issued in mid-January 2023 and seen by Somaliland Chronicle seeks to curb the reach of a few journalists accused of incitement or violence and propaganda and has ordered telecom operators in Somaliland to block the social media accounts of nine journalists and media outlets for spreading fake news and incitement of violence.

According to the court order issued by the District Court of Marodijeh, the Somaliland government is seeking to block access to the social media accounts, including Facebook, youtube, and Twitter accounts of Mr. Abdirisak Terra, Miss Busharo Baanday, Mr. Mohamed Yusuf Bakayle, Abdisalam Germany and others.

Some of the reporters that the Somaliland government seeks to block their reach in Somaliland have broadcast news, interviews, and articles related to the ongoing crisis in Lasanod, where they have accused the Somaliland government of committing genocide and have sought to amplify the message of the unionist elders who have pledged their allegiance to Somalia and have vowed to wage war against the Republic of Somaliland until it withdraws from what they called their ancestral lands. In some instances, these journalists have published propaganda aimed at sowing discord in Somaliland and demoralizing Somaliland’s armed forces.

Although the Somaliland government’s record on free speech and freedom of the press has been less than stellar, especially under President Bihi, many countries, including France, Canada, Germany, and the United States, where freedom of expression and media is the cornerstone of their democracies have enacted laws to combat disinformation and incitement of violence.

It is unclear if Somaliland’s telecom companies will comply with the court’s injunction which was issued three months ago, and if there are ongoing discussions between the Ministry of Telecommunication and Technology and the telecom operators on the subject. Somaliland government exerts little to no influence on telecom companies which are subsidiaries of the largest banks in Somaliland.

Efforts to reach telecom operators and the Ministry of Telecommunication and Technology for clarification on the court injunction were unsuccessful.

Latest

The Somalia-Somaliland Airspace Dispute: A Historical Overview and the Path Forward

Introduction The longstanding and complex airspace dispute between Somalia and...

Aviation Official Found Dead in Mogadishu Greenzone Amidst Somalia-Somaliland Tensions, Foul Play Suspected.

In a dramatic escalation of tensions between Somalia and...

Normalise Somaliland’s Recognition

Since its liberation in 1991 after a brutal struggle,...

Somaliland Asserts Sovereign Right Over Airspace – Advances in Civil Aviation Framework

Based on the Somaliland Civil Aviation Authority Law (Law...

Stay Connected

Don't miss

The Somalia-Somaliland Airspace Dispute: A Historical Overview and the Path Forward

Introduction The longstanding and complex airspace dispute between Somalia and...

Aviation Official Found Dead in Mogadishu Greenzone Amidst Somalia-Somaliland Tensions, Foul Play Suspected.

In a dramatic escalation of tensions between Somalia and...

Normalise Somaliland’s Recognition

Since its liberation in 1991 after a brutal struggle,...

Somaliland Asserts Sovereign Right Over Airspace – Advances in Civil Aviation Framework

Based on the Somaliland Civil Aviation Authority Law (Law...

Italy, please don’t listen to him. Africa has already expressed itself differently.

Dr. Jama Musse Jama In a recent interview, the President...

The Somalia-Somaliland Airspace Dispute: A Historical Overview and the Path Forward

Introduction The longstanding and complex airspace dispute between Somalia and Somaliland has been marked by a series of broken agreements, escalating tensions, and growing concerns...

Aviation Official Found Dead in Mogadishu Greenzone Amidst Somalia-Somaliland Tensions, Foul Play Suspected.

In a dramatic escalation of tensions between Somalia and Somaliland, Abdinasir Muse Dahable, a high-ranking official from Somalia's civil aviation authority, was found dead...

Normalise Somaliland’s Recognition

Since its liberation in 1991 after a brutal struggle, Somaliland has showcased remarkable self-reliance, democracy, and peace in a region typically marked by turmoil....