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09102013 Somalia - Media Law Bill

09102013 Somalia - Media Law Bill

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In a country where many international reporters feared to go during two decades of civil war, Somalia’s journalists were the only eyes and the ears for the rest of the world, telling the story of what was happening inside Somalia’s darkest days. Yet in more recent years, they themselves have become targets, making the Horn of Africa nation one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Since 2007, many Somali journalists have been targeted and killed because of their profession. Last year alone, there were 18 reported targeted murders and assassinations of media workers across the country.

In an attempt to set up a legal and regulatory framework for media and communications in Somalia, the federal government is drafting a bill that will provide industry standards and journalistic ethics as well as a level of legal protection for media workers.

In an effort to ensure that stakeholders, the public, regulated industries and civil society organisations are being consulted extensively during the drafting process, with a series of conferences, workshops and
meetings organized by The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies and Internews being held in Mogadishu and across Somalia over the coming months to solicit broad stakeholder input into the legal framework.
STORY:

In a country where many international reporters feared to go during two decades of civil war, Somalia’s journalists were the only eyes and the ears for the rest of the world, telling the story of what was happening inside Somalia’s darkest days. Yet in more recent years, they themselves have become targets, making the Horn of Africa nation one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Since 2007, many Somali journalists have been targeted and killed because of their profession. Last year alone, there were 18 reported targeted murders and assassinations of media workers across the country.

In an attempt to set up a legal and regulatory framework for media and communications in Somalia, the federal government is drafting a bill that will provide industry standards and journalistic ethics as well as a level of legal protection for media workers.

In an effort to ensure that stakeholders, the public, regulated industries and civil society organisations are being consulted extensively during the drafting process, with a series of conferences, workshops and
meetings organized by The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies and Internews being held in Mogadishu and across Somalia over the coming months to solicit broad stakeholder input into the legal framework.

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STORY: SOMALIA - FEDERAL MEDIA LAW
 
TRT: 03:15
 
SOURCE: AU/UN IST
 
RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print,online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for otherpurposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.orgCREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST
 
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS
 
DATELINE: 09 OCTOBER 2013 / RECENT FILE/ MOGADISHU
 
SHOTLIST
 
DATELINE: / RECENT FILE/ MOGADISHU
 
1. Wide shot, buildings in Mogadishu
 
2. Med shot, buildings in Mogadishu
 
3.
Med shot, tilt of radio station building
 
4. Close up, sign reading Shabelle Media Network 5.
Close up, sign reading Kilmiye News Network
 
6.
Med shot, sign reading SNTV
 
7. Wide shot, Somali journalists at a press conference8. Med shot, Somali journalists at a press conference
 
DATELINE: 09 OCTOBER 2013 / MOGADISHU
 
9. Wide shot, streets of Mogadishu
 
10. Med shot, streets of Mogadishu
 
11. Close up, tilt of printed media law bill12. Med shot, participant reading printed media bill
 
13. Wide shot, participants listening to the speaker during the meeting
 
14. Wide shot, Media Law bill meeting15. SOUND BITE:
Zakia Hussen the Programme Manager at The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies.
 
“Media is a very strong and vibrant sector with in the Somali society, and to actually establish a strong
relationship between the media and the government, just to ensure that the information beingdisseminated into the society is correct but at the same time we do not trample upon the rights of the
 journalists. Its a very important media law and its a very important debate to have”.
16. Wide shot Media Law Bill meeting17. Med shot, Abdurahman Omar Osman Somalia president's spokesman speaking during meeting
 
18. Med shot,
 participants listening to the speaker during the meeting
 
19. Close up, Participant taking notes during meeting
 
20. SOUND BITE: Abdurahman Omar Osman Somalia president's spokesman
 
“For us what we did was, we tried to bring the concerns of the international community as well, so the
current draft is the product of serious consultations,serious feedback and constructive criticism fromvarious group. Which we have taken into account. We believe the current draft meets the concerns of 
Somali people as well as the international partners.”
 

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