The Secretary General of the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) calls today urgent media law ratification by the Federal Government of Somalia Parliament when he was taking part a live media programme at Star FM radio based in Nairobi, Kenya in which started at around 8:10 AM-9:30AM.
“I believe the ratification of the media law could help improve the protection of the young talented Somali journalists who are deliberately targeted and killed according to article 27 which says every journalist has the right to be protected his security, dignity and allow freely to obtain news” said SOMESHA Secretary General Mr. Daud Abdi Daud
“One is clear, our professional journalists are in need of security protection as we believe that the government is part of the problem when we are talking about the journalists insecurity issues as well as the news restrictions. If we are journalists let us agree the ratification and see how the government will be neutral to allow freely to obtain news without discrimination and how it also protect our security or be a failed state to protect its citizens security” Mr. Daud added
The Secretary General of SOMESHA also requested Somalia government to secure the independence of the chairperson of the newly expected National Media Council (NMC) and express his disagreements against article 6 of the draft media law which promotes and explain the formation of the National Media Council members.
On the other hand, Mr. Daud met on Monday the chairman of the Kenya Environment and Science Journalists Association (KENSJA) H.E. Mr. Ochieng’ Ogodo who is also the Sub-Saharan Africa News Editor of SciDev.Net website; SciDev.Net is the world’s leading electronic source of free news,
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Mr. Daud and Mr. Ochieng Ogodo were gently discussed the planed training workshop on the role of journalists and facilitators of local and rural radio in the dissemination of best practices in Sustainable Lands Management On the eve of COP11 (Conference of Parties on Desertification UNCCD) summit, organized by the TerrAfrica Secretariat at NEPAD in association with Greenradio-World and The Kenya Environment and Science Journalists Association (KENSJA). The Nairobi training, supported by UNCCD and TerrAfrica Secretariat at NEPAD, and scheduled to take place from July 22 to 26, 2013.