Universal TV in Hargeysa shut down because ‘it didn’t broadcast’ Somaliland president’s speech

Police in Somaliland have taken control of the Universal TV studio in Hargeysa, the capital, after the government ordered its closure.

The studio was shut down because the TV did not broadcast a speech by the Somaliland President Muse Bihi to mark 26 June, when the northern Somalia region gained independence from the British colonial rule.

According to the information minister of Somaliland, Saleban Kore, the TV had also failed to comply with several directives from the Somaliland government.

Somaliland has been cracking down on media houses and journalists who fail to strictly toy the Hargeysa administration’s line.

It has jailed dozens of journalists, activists and writers for failing to respect Somaliland’s independence from Somalia. The northern region declared secession from the rest of Somalia in 1991, but remains unrecognised in the world stage.