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

President of Somaliland Dismisses US Concerns Over Ethiopia-Somaliland MoU as “Baseless”

In an interview with the Financial Times, the President...

China Lashes Out Over Somaliland’s Taiwan Ties, Embassy Statement Lays Bare Diplomatic Contradictions

China has reacted with hostility after a high-level delegation...

Taiwan’s IT Dominance to Boost Somaliland’s Digital Transformation in New Partnership Phase

Taiwan and Somaliland have taken a major step forward...

Stay Connected

Don't miss

President of Somaliland Dismisses US Concerns Over Ethiopia-Somaliland MoU as “Baseless”

In an interview with the Financial Times, the President...

China Lashes Out Over Somaliland’s Taiwan Ties, Embassy Statement Lays Bare Diplomatic Contradictions

China has reacted with hostility after a high-level delegation...

Taiwan’s IT Dominance to Boost Somaliland’s Digital Transformation in New Partnership Phase

Taiwan and Somaliland have taken a major step forward...

Somaliland: A Resilient Journey of Independence and Geostrategic Significance”

On May 18, 2024, the people of Somaliland, both...

President of Somaliland Dismisses US Concerns Over Ethiopia-Somaliland MoU as “Baseless”

In an interview with the Financial Times, the President of the Republic of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi has dismissed concerns raised by the United...

Emirates Policy Center Report – Islamic State Expansion in Puntland Ignites Fresh Jihadist Infighting in Somalia

A report published by the Emirates Policy Center (EPC) states that the Islamic State (ISIS) is strengthening its foothold in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region....

China Lashes Out Over Somaliland’s Taiwan Ties, Embassy Statement Lays Bare Diplomatic Contradictions

China has reacted with hostility after a high-level delegation from the Republic of Somaliland attended Taiwan's Presidential inauguration ceremony in Taipei. Its embassy in...