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Journalist held in Somaliland freed after two weeks

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders notes the release, on 18 November 2008, of freelance journalist Hadis Mohammed Hadis, after being held for two weeks at the Criminal Investigation Department in Hargeisa, capital of the breakaway region of Somaliland in northern Somalia.

Hadis Mohammed Hadis has already been arrested on several occasions over the last two years. He told Reporters Without Borders that he was "worried" and concerned about how he would be able to do his job in the future. He stressed, however, that he had been "well-treated" by police while in custody.

He was arrested on 3 November while filming the arrival at Hargeisa airport of Suleiman Mohamed Adam, chairman of the House of Wise men, one of the two legislative chambers. The journalist said he thought his arrest could be linked to his coverage of a bombing in Hargeisa in October. The authorities have not provided any explanation for his detention.

Updates the Hadis case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/98369

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