Obsolete laws used to persecute two detained journalists

first_imgNews May 19, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Obsolete laws used to persecute two detained journalists RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists to go further SomaliaAfrica SomaliaAfrica photo : Somaliland Sun RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia March 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Somalia News Organisation News Reporters Without Borders condemns the unfairness of the proceedings to which Yusuf Abdi Gabobe, the owner and founder of the newspaper Haatuf, and Ahmed Ali Egeh, the editor of its Somali-language version, are being subjected in Hargeisa, the capital of the breakaway northwestern territory of Somaliland.Gabobe and Egeh have been held since 10 May, when they were arrested and appeared in court for allegedly libelling two government ministers, while the newspaper has been closed since 7 April.“We call on the authorities to drop all the charges against Gabobe and Egeh and to end this sham trial, which reflects a poorly concealed desire to intimidate Somaliland’s media,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“The proceedings against these two journalists violate Somaliland’s own laws, especially the 2004 press law, which decriminalizes media offences and which, according to the Somaliland constitution, takes precedence over Somalia’s penal code. This judicial farce is compounded by a conflict of interest, since the two government ministers named in the offending article are so far the only people to have testified.”Kahn-Sriber added: “To cap it all, the courtroom was occupied solely by supporters of the two ministers, who insulted and intimidated the journalists. All these circumstances undermine the Somaliland government’s credibility and may help to explain why it finds it so hard to win the international community’s confidence.”Immediately after their arrest on 10 May, Gabobe and Egeh were brought before the court for a hearing lasting several hours, during which they were charged with making false accusations, subversive propaganda, publishing false or tendentious information liable to endanger public order, and insulting officials.During the hearing, the lawyers for the plaintiffs demanded the application of five articles of Somalia’s 1960 penal code to the 11 charges rather than Somaliland’s 2004 media law (Media Act No. 27), which decriminalized media offences and which is clearly the applicable law.A request for the conditional release of Gabobe and Egeh was denied during the 10 May hearing, despite the objections of their lawyers.The police closed the Hargeisa-based Haatuf when they raided it on 7 April in response to the offending article about the two ministers. Unfortunately, such an act of censorship is not isolated in Somaliland.Somalia is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Ronaldo Misses Penalty as Portugal, Austria Fire Blanks

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo missed a second-half penalty as Portugal stumbled to a second straight draw at Euro 2016 on Saturday after a frustrating 0-0 stalemate against Group F rivals Austria in Paris.Ronaldo set a new Portuguese record with his 128th international cap, surpassing the mark previously shared with Luis Figo, but the occasion will be better remembered for the Real Madrid superstar hitting the post with a 79th-minute penalty.Hungary, who salvaged a point in a 1-1 draw with Iceland, are the surprise group leaders with a game to play, while Austria must win their final match to avoid exiting prematurely.Coach Fernando Santos sought to reinvigorate his team after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Iceland, drafting in Ricardo Quaresma to form an attacking trident with Ronaldo and Nani. William Carvalho was handed a start in central midfield, while Austria coach Marcel Koller made three changes, two enforced, with Sebastian Prodl, Stefan Ilsanker and Marcel Sabitzer all coming into the side beaten 2-0 by Hungary on Tuesday.Austria showed early signs of promise, much like in their opener against Hungary, carving out a chance when a leaping Martin Harnik nodded Sabitzer’s whipped cross just wide.But Portugal settled quickly, with Nani denied his second goal of the tournament by the outstretched leg of Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer after breaking in behind centre-back Prodl.Almer tipped a long-range strike from Vieirinha behind, while Ronaldo spurned a glorious opportunity to write his name into the history books on 22 minutes as he steered wide from Raphael Guerreiro’s cut-back inside the area.Portugal remained the dominant side and nearly reaped their reward just before the half-hour, only for Nani’s header from Andre Gomes’ left-wing cross to crash back off the post with Joao Moutinho drilling the rebound over.Ronaldo then helped on a Quaresma header straight at Almer and Vieirinha needed to make an important clearance to keep David Alaba’s driven free-kick from finding Harnik at the far post.Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio parried away a stinging drive from Ilsanker within seconds of the restart, but Portugal soon reasserted their authority with Ronaldo leading the charge.His thunderous left-footed strike from the edge of the area was turned behind by Almer, and the ensuing corner produced a similar result with the Austria keeper beating away Ronaldo’s downward header.Then with 11 minutes to go it appeared Portugal would get the goal their display merited when they were awarded a penalty after Martin Hinteregger wrestled Ronaldo to the ground.But the three-time World Player of the Year was left shaking his head in disbelief as he smacked the ball against the base of the post to ensure his wait for a goal at a fourth European Championship finals goes on.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more