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By Laetitia Bader When Somalia’s new minister of information took office in March, he promised to review the country’s restrictive media law, raising hopes of fostering a better environment for journalists and free expression in the country. Those hopes have largely been dashed. The amended law, approved by the cabinet on July 13, makes some reforms but does little...

18 July 2017 *Somalia Focus) – The UN and Somalia government have launched an extensive program to train over 350 judicial officers countrywide as part of efforts to rebuild the country’s justice sector. David Akopyan, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Somalia, said delivery of justice was critical to ensuring good governance, strengthening the rule of law and...

18 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – Students in Somalia have expressed their support for the Turkish people against the failed coup which was launched last year, a video which was released online on the anniversary of the event shows.“The Turkish people’s will and unity prevented the coup orchestrators from reaching their goals,” the students from the Recep Tayyip...

18 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – Somalia’s internet has returned after an outage of more than three weeks cost the Horn of Africa nation about $10 million a day, authorities said Monday. Hormuud Telecom, the country’s largest telecom company, announced the restoration of service in a message to subscribers. The loss of internet service sparked anger across...

16 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – As Youth Skills Day is celebrated around the world, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, reaffirms the importance of providing vocational training and technical skills to young people in Somalia. “Unemployment among Somali youth is alarmingly high,” said SRSG Keating. “Low...

16 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) would like to repudiate allegations by a local media organization, which claimed that its convoy killed a woman in Albao area, 20kms northwest of Mogadishu, on July 9, 2017. In the interest of the people of Somalia, AMISOM would like to state the following; On 9 July 2017, an AMISOM convoy...

16 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and affiliate media organizations including Somali Media Association (SOMA), Media Association of Puntland (MAP), Somali Independent Media Houses (SIMHA), and Somali Women Journalists (SWJ) are dismayed about the endorsement of what was called a reviewed Somalia Media Bill by the Somali...

15 July 2017 (SofoNews) – Ten Individual Police Officers (IPOs) from the Kenya Police Service who have been serving under the AU Mission in Somalia have been honoured with medals for their successful completion of their tour of duty in Somalia. AMISOM Police Commissioner Brigadier General Anand Pillay commended the Kenyan officers for their dedicated service to the...

14 July 2017 (SofoNews) – Somali authorities have arrested seven head teachers who they accuse of meeting al-Shabab militants. They are said to have discussed changing the curriculum at private schools to favour the Islamist group’s ideology. Each of the principals is responsible for around 1,000 students, ranging in age from seven to 15. Al-Shabab has been waging...

14 July 2017 (SofoNews) – Here’s a line you probably thought you’d never read: Pirates are helping terrorist groups smuggle weapons and maybe even fighters. Yeah, that’s a thing now. “The United Nations and the United States are investigating at least two pirate kingpins for providing material support to terror groups,” according to a CNN report Mondaymorning....