4 April 2017 (SofoNews) – Abdimalik Muse Oldon, an outspoken freelance journalist who has been in Hargeisa jail since 15th February is set to appear before a court on Tuesday.
Authorities in the self-declared state of Somaliland alleged the journalist of being a pro-greater Somalia and the current president of Mogadishu government.
According to Somaliland prosecutor, the journalist will face charges including incitement and provocation.
Somaliland authorities had several times suspended the movements of Oldon lawyers which forced two previous lawyers to withdraw.
Mr Oldon was arrested upon his return from Mogadishu, where he publicly celebrated the election of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, the president of Somalia.
Journalists in Hargeisa have practised their fundamental human rights including freedom of speech and freedom of association but many media practitioners have been recently subject to intimidation, harassment and censorship.
Officials from Somaliland administration have publicly used harsh languages against media and human rights groups as they targeted press stations.
Despite their claim as an independent state from Somalia since 1991, the self-declared region is yet to receive an international recognition.
Days after his election, president Mohamed of Somalia said his government will take all necessary steps to negotiate with Somaliland, but all previous talks organised by Turkey ended with no compromises.