17 September 1997


Journalist arrested; newspaper ordered to close

Incident details

Hassan Siad



(RSF/IFEX) - On 8 September 1997, Hassan Siad, editor-in-chief of
the daily "Jamhuria", was arrested by police. Meanwhile, the
commander of Hargeisa police ordered the closure of the
newspaper. On 9 September, the police cordoned off its printing
press. Moreover, Mahmud Abdu Shide, owner of the newspaper's
publishing centre, was detained for allegedly printing fake
municipality tax collecting receipts. Both Siad and Shide were
released on 16 September, and the closure order on "Jamhuria" was
lifted. The newspaper appeared again on 17 September. However, no
official explanation has been given for the arrests and closure

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