STORY: SOMALIA - FEDERAL MEDIA LAW TRT: 03:15 SOURCE: AU/UN IST
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 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 conference 8. 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 bill 12. Med shot, participant reading printed media bill 13. Wide shot, participants listening to the speaker during the meeting 14. Wide shot, Media Law bill meeting 15. 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 being disseminated 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 meeting 17. 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 from various group. Which we have taken into account. We believe the current draft meets the concerns of Somali people as well as the international partners.”

21. Wide shot, Media law bill meeting 22. Close up, journalist recording the meeting 23. SOUND BITE: Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General National Union of Somali Journalists. “Honestly, we see this draft media law as a new beginning, It is a great start for journalists in Somalia. It promotes the welfare of journalists, freedom of speech and it provides protection for the journalists; at the moment they do not have that but this law will form the basis for that protection”.

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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. “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 being disseminated into the society is correct but at the same time we do not trample upon the rights of the journalists. It’s a very important media law and its a very important debate to have”. Zakia Hussen the Programme Manager at The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies. Participants in these meetings include representatives of the Somali media industry, the government, parliament, civil society and the wider, general public from across the country. “For us what we did was, we tried to bring the concerns of the internatio nal community as well, so the current draft is the product of serious consultations, serious feedback and constructive criticism from various groups, wich we have taken into account. We believe the current draft meets the concerns of Somali people as well as the international partners.” Abdurahman Omar Osman Spokesman for Somalia’s president. If the proposed law complies with the Somali constitution and international press freedom standards it would mark a new chapter for the Somali press, giving it unprecedented freedom and a set of rights and responsibilities. “Honestly, we see this draft media law as a new beginning, it is a great start for journalists in Somalia. It promotes the welfare of journalists, freedom of speech and it provides protection for the journalists; at the moment they do not have that but this law will form the basis for that protection”. Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General National Union of Somali Journalists.

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