Somalia's Draconian Media Law to Be Reviewed, Minister Says

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    Somalia's Draconian Media Law to Be Reviewed, Minister Says

    MOGADISHU (SomaliUpdate Online) — After meeting with media leaders and journalists union, Somalia Information Minister Abirahman Omar Yarisow has promised to open review into the country's Media Law which journalists described as repressiv

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On Saturday, the Minister of Information met with media leaders and journalists in Mogadishu.
MOGADISHU (SomaliUpdate Online) — After meeting with media leaders and journalists union, Somalia Information Minister Abirahman Omar Yarisow has promised to open review into the country's Media Law which journalists described as repressive one, Somaliupdate reports.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) expressed its compliment to the Minister of Information and Public Awareness who received today Media Leaders at his office in Mogadishu.
NUSOJ and the Media Leaders discussed the importance of an amendment to be made to Somali Media Law in order to make it one that works with the satisfaction of all parties.
"The Media had concerns over a number of articles in the Media Law that was seen as draconian and not acceptable to the media” Said Secretary General of NUSOJ, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu.
Mr. Moalimuu urged the Minister of Information to fulfill his promise and realize the now adopted Media Law will be reviewed and amended through a consultation journalists.
In a statement, Minister Yarisow said that he listened to the concerns of the media leaders towards a number of articles in the Media Law and promised them that these articles will be reviewed as soon as possible in order to make them more agreeable.
"The Media Law is already in effect as it had been signed by former president of Somalia in January, 2016. We now give consideration to the proposed amendment by the Media.
Media Leaders present at the meeting welcomed the minister’s expression of interest towards reviewing the Media Law and said that they would consult with their other fellow Journalists in order to submit in writing the changes Somali Media proposes to be made on the current presidential signed Media Law.
Minister Eng. Yarisow, added that the amendments will be consulted with Human Rights Organizations, the Ministry of Human Rights, Parliament Committee on Media and Human Rights in order to make sure the Media Law will be fully compatible with the International Laws of Human Rights.
Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu, NUSOJ Secretary General pointed out that cooperation between the Ministry of Information and the Media is key to progressive Somalia and welcomed the consultations the minister decided to launch in order to have a collective consent for a National Media Law with the satisfaction of all parties.
Somalia is the world's worst place for journalists as media practitioners are continuously targeted for their work.  According to Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), about 62 journalists were murdered in the horn of African country since 1992.
This week, Reporters Without Borders ranked Somalia as its 167 out of 180 countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, making the country one of the deadliest for journalists.


- SOMALIUPDATE ONLINE -


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