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Court in Hargeisa slaps journo with 1-year jail term

A court in Hargeisa, Somaliland has sentenced Horn Cable TV editor, Abdikadir Saleban Asayr to 1 year in jail and a fine of 3 million Somaliland Shilling (US$300) for propaganda against the administration.

The Journalist who was arrested on November last year for running a story dubbed by the court as “propaganda” against Egal international airport.

Media advocacy groups have strongly opposed what they termed as an unfair sentence of the TV Journalist.

A statement by Somali Journalist Syndicate (SJS) calls for Somaliland authorities to immediately free Editor.

Authorities in Hargeisa have previously arrested Journalists for covering anti-government protests.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Somalia is among the dangerous environments for Journalists to operate.

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