Saturday, September 28, 2013

Somaliland Newspapers and online media

The print media in Somalia reached its Zenith at the beginning this century. At that time some four dozen newspapers were published alone in Somali capital of Mogadishu. However, the electronic media started pushing the print media out of business as early as 2003 for reasons of economy. By 2012, just three newspapers published from Mogadishu- Xog Doon, Xog Ogaal and Horyaal Sports- managed to survive the brutal onslaught of the electronic media.
Today Media in Somalia comprises a mix of a number of popular radio news agencies, government –run as well as private television stations and print & internet outlets. This include two official radio and TV networks, a number of private and foreign stations. Print media, as already mentioned, is gradually giving way to news radio stations and online portals as internet connectivity and access increases. In February 2013, the Ministry of Information, Posts and Telecommunication also launched a broad-based consultative process for the reformation of media legislation.
The proliferation of the private TV stations made it imperative for the Somali government to regulate the electronic media proliferating so profusely, so quickly. Thus in February this year, the Somali Ministry of Information, Posts and Telecommunication announced that the government was opening the 2007 Somali media law for consultation.
Aimed at better regulating the new media the ministry organized two workshops on Communication and Media to collect advice from local journalists on the drafting of a new Somali media law, including a February 18, 2013 gathering in February this year in Mogadishu which was attended by 45 media stakeholders.
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