MOGADISHU (AXADLE) Exile Media Forum, the largest specialist conference on exile journalism, has been held in Hamburg, Germany from 16 to 17 May 2022.
The Secretary General of the Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS), Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, also co-author of the book “Hounded: African Journalists in Exile” has addressed the conference this year focusing on the security of African journalists in exile, the current challenges facing media freedom as well as initiatives and programs in support of exile journalists.
Other topics at the conference are the development of press and media freedom in Europe, digital security and the use of spyware. A Look Beyond Europe’s Borders The conference also hosted a special session on the situation of journalists in exile on the African continent.
“Deported journalists – especially those from Africa – are currently facing major challenges in the countries where they sought protection. They fled death, but many of them continue to experience even worse conditions in the countries to which they fled. The lack of local initiatives to support and equip these journalists inside Africa, and the lack of commitment from many international organizations has increased the pressure, ”said Mr. Mumin.
“Today we have seen the war in Ukraine, and the attacks on journalists covering this war have taken the center of almost every discussion. But we must not forget the deteriorating conditions for journalists in Africa. I went into exile in 2015 and I can feel pain for exile journalists when they can not get the support networks they need, “added SJS’s secretary general. “Deported journalists need a place to call home and feel safe. They need employment opportunities and psychosocial support.”
On Tuesday, SJS’s Secretary General participated in the Young Exile Media Forum, where young people in exile media workers in several European countries have turned up to discuss challenges they face in particular. Sir. Moomin called on media institutions in Europe to allow different voices by offering employment opportunities to exiled journalists in Europe.
The conference was organized by the Körber Foundation. Representatives from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the City of Hamburg, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, journalists and leaders of press freedom organizations have attended the conference.