SOMA has carried out the Symposium Encouraging Somali Media Law Review and Amendment

Mogadishu, Somalia: With assist from IMS/FOJO, the Somali Media Association (SOMA) has organized and carried out on Sunday 24 July 2022 a one-day high-level symposium for media stakeholders, together with media associations and civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate for steering on the revision of the media legislation.

The symposium held at Hotel Afirk in Mogadishu was attended by administrators of assorted media together with radio stations, TVs, web sites, Hamar Press Newspapers, CSO, legal professionals, freelancers and senior media consultants and the Director General of the Ministry of Information.

The principal function of convening the symposium was to lift media stakeholders’ consciousness of the necessity to revise the media legislation and to foyer the media legislation revision with the newly shaped parliament.

“We intend to steer debate and dialogue on find out how to encourage the revision of the media legislation, there are issues concerning the media legislation, that are restrictions on the media and its independence. There is a have to revise the media legislation in cooperation with legal professionals, primarily with the Somali parliamentarians since amending legal guidelines are offered to parliament for assessment the place there are public issues and complaints,” mentioned Mohamed Osman Makaran, Secretary General of SOMA in his opening assertion.

Mohamed Osman Makaraan, Secretary General of SOMA

Abdullahi Hayir, the director normal of the Ministry of Information mentioned he’s completely happy to take part in this symposium discussing and debating the media legislation quantity 26 issued on July 30, 2020, authorized by two councils and signed by the previous president into legislation by Presidential Decree.

“The Ministry of Information welcomes the concern you have with the Media Act.” He acknowledged. “There is a need to continue to hold these types of symposiums and jointly work on how to amend the worrying articles in the media law and to submit in written form for further amendment.” Abdullahi Hayir, DG of the Ministry of Information has added.

Abdullahi Hayir, the Director General of the Ministry of Information

Mohamed Adde, senior media coach, has identified that the media legislation will need to have equal affect on each the impartial media and the general public media, and that the media should defend press freedom.

Mohamed Adde, senior media coach

“There is a have to proceed the media legislation to be analyzed and alter the articles of concern. The media Farah Omar Nur, Secretary General of the Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ), mentioned.

Farah Omar Nur, Secretary General of the Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ)

Abdalla Mu’min of the Somali Syndicate for Journalists (SJS) identified that no legislation could possibly be enforced if the folks affected are usually not completely happy with it, saying that’s the reason we now have been in search of its assessment since 2019.

Abdalle Mumin of the Somali Syndicate for Journalists (SJS)

During the symposium, the offered affected articles within the Somali media legislation had been mentioned and debated, together with interpretation of who’s a journalist, has been offered beneath two conflicting articles (1 and 34)

• Article 1- Journalist: is any individual who has data of journalism, engages in journalism and is allowed to function  Article 34.1- Any individual with experience in journalism, college decree, journalism.

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