Somaliland is a democratic nation in the Horn of Africa, Somaliland has endorsed the freedom of expression and free press since it declared its independence from Somalia. According to Somaliland's constitution and Somaliland media laws, defamation and libel are not criminal offenses; aggrieved parties may seek redress in civil courts.


The first Somali radio was Radio Kudu currently known Radio Hargeisa, and still is the only radio that operates in Somaliland, Radio Hargeisa which founded in 1942, in the name of Radio Kudu was founded British colony when Somaliland took its independence from Britain on 26 June 1960, Radio Kudu was renamed to Radio Hargeisa and it became the state-owned media. Somaliland unified Somalia to form "Somali Republic" after nine years later, Somali Republic was overthrown by the military in 1969. during the military regime, there were no media outlets and media laws all media was governmental except BBC Somali. that time was darkness time of whole Somali media especially Somaliland's media.

Somaliland media status

Although there are many challenges facing Somaliland's media and journalists, Somaliland is considered one of the African countries who have very good status according to freedom house reports in recent years. Somaliland Freedom is Party free while its neighbors including Somalia, Ethiopia, and Djibouti are lower than Somaliland's status.