Following, Somalia’s moving from the anarchy and chaos over the last two decades and completed its political transition with the election of a new federal parliament and speaker, the national constituent assembly’s adoption of a provisional constitution, the election of a new president, President Hassan Sheikh Mahamud, and the naming of a new prime minister and cabinet as well as the aim to produce country’s first official media law. The Secretary General of the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) expressed today his curiosity to take over the leadership of the newly expected to create National Media Council of Somalia (NMCS).
Mr. Daud Abdi Daud is active, prominent Somali journalist and born in Mogadishu Somalia, in 1982. He started to work as journalist from late 2000 to 2006 and works many different radio stations and newspapers in the country. He was instrumental in the creation of the Somali Coalition for Freedom of Expression (SOCFEX) and also a Press Freedom Activist from 2007 to 2010 at The Somali Journalist Rights Agency (SOJRA) as well as Science, Health, Agriculture and Environmental Reporter at the National Association of Somali Science and Environmental Journalists (NASSEJ) now known as Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA).
However, Mr. Daud is currently the secretary general of the African Federation of Environmental Journalists (AFEJ) and the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) and a member of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ), International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW), International Association of Independent Journalists (IAIJ), International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ), African Federation of Science Journalists (AFSJ),the Network of Climate Journalists in Eastern and Southern Africa Region (COMESA-Press), Arab Science Journalists Association (ASJA) and Earth Journalism Network (EJNET) as well as Country coordinator of the United Religions Initiative (URI) based in the United States of America and a member of the Somalia Frontline Advocacy Group. Which is a group of Somalia’s Civil Society Actors from different Civil Society Organizations with Different Regions in Somalia and formed December, 2009 at Kenya for more details of this group please click this link http://storage.paxchristi.net/2009-0906-en-af-NT.pdf .
Somalia is a dangerous place for journalists as they risk being kidnapped and held by gunmen until a ransom is paid. However, many local journalists have been killed.
Over the last seven (7) years, the existence and occupation of Somali journalists have been in risk from corner to corner in Somalia, and Daud Abdi Daud observed the last three years on plentiful luggage’s of harass against journalists, media professionals and media stations.
The killing of Eng. Ahmed Sharif who has been a technicianist for government run radio, radio Mogadishu confirmed us that the year of 2013 will be like the last three years which are the worst years for press freedom in Somalia. And Somalia is now one of the deadliest places in the world for the press.
Killings, threats, abductions and assaults are known in Somalia over the last seven (7)years even though this year 2013. Just about eight journalists and media practitioners have been killed while many 25 others wounded although other journalists and media professionals forced to flee their profession of journalism following when they received threat phone calls and it’s widely believed that the Shabab, clan based independent militia and the governmentwere behind the most attacks and killings as well as intimidations over the last years and this year of 2013.This year of 2013, is a year that Somali journalists were experiencing tough new threats, the bottle at Kismayo town caused the injury of 3 journalists by sera Leon forces of AMISOM.
Mr. Daud Abdi Daud made a tremendous show aggression the ‘terrible miscarriage of justice’ as woman and journalist who interviewed her are sentenced one year prison in Mogadishu on February 5, 2013.
When was sentenced a journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, and a woman who had alleged rape by the security forces, Daud Abdi Daud spoke out in court, saying that journalists have the right to interview people. After he added that he would even seek to interview the president’s wife, the police arrested him although seven days later released without charge.
Finally, Mr. Daud Abdi Daud now believes that the current state of press freedom and freedom of expression in Somalia is a devastating one with a lot of worry and vowed to do national media transformation and change if he will be successfully elected the leadership of Somalia National Media Council in which is expected to create after the media law ratification.
The lack of independence of the Somali journalists and poor capacity or poor professionalisms became the major obstacle to establish a proper collaboration and network within the media sector of Somalia and Mr. Daud Abdi Daud promised to refurbish the lost role of Somali journalists and media professionals regarding the peace and reconciliation as well as social development as it is still a lost sector of the existing roles in the country.
No one could report what is going on a place or volatile zone without media and journalists and currently the Somali media could play a vital role for the reconciliation in order to return law and order in the country of Somalia and could be a change agents if developed themselves as Mr. Daud Abdi Daud underlined to build the capacity of Somali journalists and media practitioners if to be the elected person.