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Former journalist jailed for second time in two months in Djibouti

UPDATE from Reporters Without Borders: Former journalist freed after nearly six weeks in jail (20 August 2013)

Reporters Without Borders is appalled by government opponent and former journalist Daher Ahmed Farah's incarceration today in Djibouti's Gabode prison to begin serving a two-month jail sentence on a charge of “refusing to comply with a judicial order.” An appeal court upheld the sentence on 26 June.

After reporting to the authorities at 8 a.m. in response to a summons, Farah was immediately imprisoned, without being taken before a judge or prosecutor. It was the second time he has been jailed in the past two months.

“The arbitrary nature of the judicial proceedings in the Farah affair is unjust and unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These developments contradict the start of a dialogue with the opposition that President Ismail Omar Guelleh announced on 27 June."

“We condemn the government's strategy of harassing news providers and opposition activists and we call for this former journalist's immediate and unconditional release.”

More information on the Farah affair.

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