The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) calls urgent UNESCO presence in Mogadishu to rid off the extraordinary Global Media dilemma against Somali journalists in which made tremendous government pressure to kill Somali media freedom either to create a waves of misunderstanding among Somali journalists and the government officials.
“I’ am not so happy how the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) involvement over the draft media law is going on as they are damaging our efforts to deal with the government to remove few articles from the media law before the parliament assembly on it” said SOMESHA Secretary General Mr. Daud Abdi Daud
“We know that the draft law contains several articles that would interfere with Somali journalists’ ability to operate independently and could expose them to a range of restrictions for ill-defined offenses. If the draft is passed into law, and we acknowledged journalists will be forced to disclose their sources, however we need to handle the issues in a domestic approach as we successfully removed several articles on March and February this year after hard talks among Somali journalists tusk force committee for the draft media law and the government officials”. Mr. Daud added
There is a task force committee made by SOMESHA and NUSOJ and Somali media owners and director’s to deal with the draft media law issues in which Mr. Daud is member of.
Obviously, early condemnation is not a real solution and its exceptional one with a lot of worry during the talks or negotiations. Why SOMESHA is calling UNESCO presence is also to obtain professional training’s on the issues of media law, crimes reporting and judiciary system skills by the young Somali journalists who are not well qualified to report such the above stated topics and so on.
Mr. Daud is planning to meet UNESCO officials before his arrival to Mogadishu early on August to discuss these mutual concerns and explain deeply UNESCO officials that creating an office in Mogadishu is imperative one at moment and Mr. Daud vowed that they will not be happy any government aggression against the press freedom and freedom of expression as well.
SOMESHA Secretary General who is also the secretary General of the African Federation of Environmental Journalists (AFEJ) Mr. Daud Abdi Daud was a press freedom defender since 2007 and met UNESCO Director General H.E. MS. Irina Bokova on April 2012 during the first Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovations conference was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 1 to 3 April and hosted by the government of Kenya. and both discussed how UNESCO could help improve the quality of the green writers in Africa and honorable Irina Bokova pledged more support to the African journalists entirely as UNESCO always continued to support with them.