Somali Journalist sentenced 2 years in jail for Covering Somali Presidential Elections

Mogadishu – Abdimalik Muse Oldon a charismatic Somali journalist and human rights advocate was sentenced to two years jail time by a court in Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland. 

Abdimalik Muse Oldon was arrested in February at Hargeisa Airport after returning from the Somali capital  and charged with “jeopardizing the sovereignty and succession of Somaliland.”

A spokesperson for the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said Oldon went to  Mogadishu to cover the presidential elections.

Many Somalis showed outrage on social media and explained the court’s decision unfair and a tool used to silence journalists.

Somaliland government officials didn’t officially comment on the court’s decision.

Somaliland, a very peaceful part of Somalia has been working hard to officially break away from greater Somalia but has yet to get an international recognition.

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