Somalia’s former press freedom founder who is a prominent and member of the African green writers’ commission Mr. Daud Abdi Daud welcomed the systematic movement among Somali journalists based on their unity and applying to look for the way forward of Somalia’s peace and development. Somali journalists are still continuing to work the world most dangerous place for journalists.
Media professionals in Somalia have shown great courage and commitment. It is imperative that a new mood of co-operation and unity around the established media community is created.
Addressed a group of journalists attending a media consultative meeting in Mogadishu organized by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and held at hotel Sahafi on January 5, 2012, Mr. Daud said: I am, glad to be here in Mogadishu, Somalia after 6 years in exile, you journalists you need to be good messenger and keep your neutrality and accuracy while you are working a very harsh and pain conditions. The local solidarity of Somali journalists will lead a new phenomenon unity and will form a good linkage among local journalists and those currently live in neighboring countries and abroad as exile. Mr Daud added
A media officials from different media stations attended the conference including: Kulmiye Radio, Xamar Radio, Jubba Radio, Risaala Radio, Raxanreeb Radio – a web-based radio- , Codka Nabadda Radio, Danan Radio, SIMBA Radio, Somali Chanel Television, Horn Cable Television, Royal Television, S24 Television, Somali National Television and Radio among others, in addition to the prominent journalists invited are Mogadishu Media House and Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) and an representative of SYAO, the funding organization.
To expand the move, Mr. Daud back to Kenya’s capital of Nairobi in order to meet the exiled journalists lives there and tries to fix their divisions. Obviously, there was tremendous move for unity from prominent former journalist’s union leaders and media directors regarding to fix the division and invited also Daud to join the campaign for peace among the Somalia’s truth tellers.
On Wednesday night, there was a good meeting among a joint committee whose mission was to solve the problem among exiled Somali journalists based in Nairobi and four leaders from two exiled journalists groups.
The meeting was held at Grand Royal hotel in East Leigh and six hour’s later Somalia exiled journalists leaders including the negotiators underlined the importance of having one network represent all exiled journalists lives in Nairobi, Kenya. However, together they pointed one journalist among the negotiators namely Abdirahman Hussein Furre “British” to head the exiled journalists on the coming two months in order to organize a free fair and democratic election among them inline with the consultancies of Somalia’s veteran journalists based in Nairobi, Kenya.
On the other hand, Somali journalists’ needs to make bigger the on going humanitarian crisis still exist in Somalia. Six months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia, humanitarians are calling on the world not to forget the plight of four million Somalis in urgent need of assistance.
“We were able to halt the downward spiral into starvation for 500,000 of the people who were most at risk last year,” said today the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden. “Despite significant progress achieved in pushing back the famine in southern Somalia in 2011, four million people are in urgent need of aid in the country, where famine continues for up to 250,000 Somalis.”
“The progress can very easily slip backwards if high levels of assistance are not sustained.The crisis in Somalia remains the largest in the world and will continue up until September, 2012. It demands the international community’s attention and commitment,” he said.
Finally, Somali journalists are also aiming to expresses its full support for the Roadmap backed by United Nations on ending the transition period which charts the major tasks which need to take place over the next nine months in Somalia. The four pillars of the Roadmap are – security, constitution, outreach and reconciliation and good governance.