Somaliland profile

  • 11 July 2011
  • From the section Africa

Since 1991, Radio Hargeisa has been the Somaliland government's official mouthpiece. The government also owns Somaliland National Television (SLNTV).

The authorities maintain a tight hold on broadcasting. Radio is the most accessible form of media, although Radio Hargeisa is the only permitted domestic outlet. The BBC is available in Hargeisa on 89 FM.

A private TV station, Somaliland Television (SLTV), is permitted to operate. A cable TV service is run by Hargeysa Cable.

The press can carry criticism of the government but the market for printed publications is small.

The press

  • Somaliland Times - Hargeisa, English-language weekly published by Haatuf Media Network
  • Haatuf - Hargeisa, private daily
  • Jamhuuriya - Hargeisa, private
  • Mandeeq - Hargeisa, state-owned


  • Somaliland National TV (SLNTV) - government-controlled, Hargeisa area
  • Somaliland Television (SLTV) - private


  • Radio Hargeisa - government-controlled