Puntland authorities arrest online journalist



New York, June 30, 2011–Police arrested Faysal Mohamed, at left, a reporter for the Hiiraan Onlinewebsite Wednesday morning in the port town of Bossasso in the semi-autonomous republic of Puntland, local journalists told CPJ. No official charges have been brought against him, although the deputy commander of the Bossasso District Police told journalists that Mohamed was arrested for publishing a “false news report” on Hiiraan Online. He is currently being held in the Bossasso Central Police Station. 

The day before his arrest, police visited Mohamed’s former employers at the Eastern Television Network (ETN) searching for him. Police arrested Mohamed at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday shortly after the reporter came to the Regional Police Division headquarters to learn why the police were looking for him, the secretary-general of the Media Association of Puntland, Burhan Dahir, told CPJ.

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