Somalia journalists, lawyers and civil society organizations on Monday appealed to parliament to amend the new media law before its approval.

In a joint statement issued in Mogadishu following consultations, the media stakeholders said the law which was approved by the Cabinet on June 27 introduces strict media restrictions and heavy fines on media workers.


The media stakeholders said the regulations dealing with media registration; media accreditation; ethics of journalism and qualifications; and exceptions to media freedom including media license need some amendments.

Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, the Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), called on the lawmakers to seriously review and amend the clauses contradicting the international freedom of expression before officially passing the media law.

The journalists have complained that the regulations failed to take into account the years of experience a journalist may have on reporting on Somalia’s complicated clan-based and religious violence.

The government has said the media law which was reviewed following consultations with media stakeholders will hugely help the media industry in the country to be regulated and it will protect the freedom of expression as enshrined in chapter 18 of the provisional constitution. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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