Somalia: media law is ready for the cabinet to approve following a review process
Mogadishu, Somalia (DIPLOMAT.SO) – HE Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow), Minister of Information, Culture & Tourism of the Federal Republic of Somalia thanked all key stakeholders in the Media sector of the country for their input, feedback and comments to the review of the Media Law.
Minister of Information consulted media stakeholders when he took office and agreed to review the Media Law following concerns raised by media practitioners in the country. As a result the Minister of Information began wide consultation process to the review of the Media Law.
During the Consultation conference in Mogadishu between 6 to 8 May 2017 Ministers of Information from regional Federal Member States and the Minister of Information of the Federal Government of Somalia had discussed the need to review some clauses of the Media Law, such as articles 5, 14, 33, 34, and 35. Key issues raised included the fines which was reduced now, the conditions of a journalists that we now removed conditions of a journalism degree and the issue of criminality, which we completely removed it now.
Minister Eng. Yarisow said “As I promised to Somali journalists when I took office, we have now reached stage where we have done consultations to the review of the Media Law and now ready to forward to the cabinet for their consideration to debate, discuss and approve it so that it will be forward to the parliament for their consideration as well.”
Eng. Yarisow concluded his remarks “I wholeheartedly thank all those involved in the review process including Somali journalists, regional federal member states, Somali Media Support Group (SMSG), UNSOM, IMS/FOJO, Free Press Unlimited, UNESCO, Human Rights Watch, local human rights organizations, civil society groups and all those who dedicated their time to the process. We now have a fully reviewed Media Law, that is international standard and has gone under a rigorous consultation which we are now very confident that the revised Media Law is acceptable to all segments of the society as it reflects the wishes of Somali journalists. The Media Law 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 our provisional constitution.”