NUSOJ Calls for Media Law Ammendment and End to Interferance by the Constitution Ministry
National Union for Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has demanded for the amendment of the existing media laws for greater press freedom. During a meeting in Mogadishu, the Union officials have expressed their intention to appeal to the distinguished Somali parliament to seriously review and amend the clauses contradicting the international freedom of expression before officially passing the media law. SOMA Secretary General Ismail Skiekh Khalifa pointed out that it is so important for media family to get the support from the civil society partners who are now united in finding a media law that can at least satisfy all sides and fully guarantee the freedom of Somali Media. NUSOJ President Mahir Jama Aden thanked the Free Press Unlimited for their support of the meeting and underlined that the meeting paves the way for the good progress that Somali journalists hope to achieve in the future. After hours of discussion, the participants have come up with the full understanding of the provisions of the Somali Media Law and the clauses of particular concerns in the current media bill. Finally, Media fraternities and members of Somali civil society who attended the one-day meeting appealed to the Minister of Constitutional Affairs of the Federal Government of Somalia, Mr. Abdirahman Hosh Jibril to abandon his unilateral attempts to undermine the intention of the Somali journalists to achieve proper amendment of media law and also stop the direct threats and intimidation against journalists and their leaders.