The 4th Somaliland Media Summit (SMS) and Awke Media Award arranged by Somaliland Journalist Association (Solja) held at Mansor hotel, Hargeisa.Horndiplomat Reports
The two-day Somaliland Media Summit attended by Somaliland Vice President, Ministers of Information, telecommunication, Political parties and over 120 Journalist across Somaliland.
The Somaliland Media Summit discussed the press freedom and freedom of expression of Somaliland’s journalist.
“We are committed for promoting the freedom of the Somaliland media, and to improve the quality and knowledge of the media” Said Yahye Mohamed Abdi Executive Director of Solja
The Director of Somaliland’s Journalist association (Solja) Yahye Mohamed Abdi thanked Free Press Unlimited and Ministry of Information of their support of this conference. “thanking towards Free Press Unlimited who have supported this Summit and Ministry of Information as well.”
The Somaliland Minister of information Mohamed Muse Direi has promised his government to pass Somaliland’s media bill
“Somaliland media law is on the verge completion and will be submitted to the ministerial cabinet” Minister of information Hon Mohamed Muse Direi
Minister Dirie added
“Somaliland government will support 50,000 to promote School of journalism at the University of Hargeisa” Minister Derie
Meanwhile, Somaliland opposition parties have criticized the government of unprecedented suppression of free media.
“I condemn the increase of detentions to the journalists in the past two years, we call the government to stop the detentions of the journalists.” Khadar Hussein Abdi Wadani Secretary
SOLJA announced the winners of 9 journalists who have achieves Awke media awards 2019, Awke award is an acknowledgement of journalists who have published, broadcasted and aired Social issues including health, education and any non-political program to shift journalists attention from political reporting to developmental reporting.