Repressed and Threatened: Journalists blocked from covering elections across Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia 10 March, 2022 – Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) and the Somali Media Association (SOMA) condemn the restrictions and blocking of independent media and journalists seeking to observe and report on the process of the indirect elections in Somalia; and express serious concern at the repression and threats against journalists dealing with allegations of irregularities, harassment of candidates and looting of seats in Mogadishu and in the federal Member States.
Launch event of Somali Journalists Syndicate's Congress in Mogadishu June 21-22 2019.

SJS Congress concludes in Mogadishu with a call to defending Press freedom and Trade...

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 23 June, 2019 - A two-day congress of the Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) which was held at Hayat hotel in Mogadishu between 21-22 June 2019, concluded with a launching ceremony on Saturday with a call to defending press freedom and trade union rights.
FILE PHOTO: Hargeisa-based Marodi Jeh Regional Court headquarters. | Photo/Courtesy/Private.FILE PHOTO: Hargeisa-based Marodi Jeh Regional Court headquarters. | Photo/Courtesy/Private.

Violence against journalists on the rise in Somaliland, Oldon’s defense lawyer quits

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 18 September, 2019 - Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) condemns the latest wave of violence against journalists in Somaliland while calls for the Hargeisa-based Marodi Jeh Appeals Court to quash three and half years jail term sentenced on journalist Abdimalik Muse Oldon on 08 July, 2019 by the Marodi Jeh Court of First Degree.
Somali journalists gather during an event in Mogadishu in February.

International Labour Day: SJS survey shows precarious working conditions for Somali journalists

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 1 May 2021 - On the International Labor Day 2021, the Somali Journalist Syndicate (SJS) called for better working conditions for Somali journalists, as a new SJS survey shows precarious working conditions, low wages, a lack of employment contracts, while almost all respondents lacked occupational safety and health.
A journalist looks into his camera during the General Congress of Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) in Mogadishu on June 22, 2019. | Photo credit SJS.

SJS reminds Somali journalists to remain professional and responsible ahead of the upcoming elections

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 07 October, 2019 - Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) reminds journalists across the country to maintain professionalism and responsible reporting ahead of the upcoming regional and national elections in the country and stay away any activities that could endanger their safety.
SJS banner: International Day for Universal Access to Information 2022.

Somalia: Restrictions on access to information entrenching self-censorship among the media

MOGADISHU, Somalia 28 September 2022 – On the International Day for Universal Access to Information, Somali journalists have little to celebrate about. The often precarious and volatile environment is coupled with restrictions on access to information, duress and insecurity.
COVER PHOTO: SJS Annual Report - State of Press Freedom in Somalia in 2020.

State of Press Freedom in Somalia in 2020: Threats and Violence Against Journalists...

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 3 February, 2021 – Over the course of the year 2020, press freedom and journalists working in Somalia continue to face serious threats. Somalia maintains its unenviable title as one of the most dangerous countries to practice journalism globally.
Journalists take shelter for safety as they were covering blast site in Mogadishu. | Photo Credit/SJS.

STATE OF PRESS FREEDOM IN SOMALIA IN 2019: Working under Pressure and Targeted Attacks

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 06 January, 2020 - As 2019 ends, multiple actors continue to target Somalia media and its professionals through continued attacks, arbitrary arrests, death threats, and obstruction of access to information – all representing a vital constitutional right that citizens were meant to enjoy.
Cover Photo: SJS Annual Report 2022: State of Press Freedom in Somalia

SJS Annual Report 2022: State of Press Freedom in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia 31 January 2023 - Somalia is regarded as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, as they face threats from both government and militant groups like Al-Shabab and a few clan militias. The country has topped the list of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Global Impunity Index for the eighth consecutive year making it the most dangerous country for journalists in Africa.

SMSJ: Attacks against Somali journalists and media and impunity for these crimes must end

MOGADISHU, Somalia 24 June, 2022 – The Somali Mechanism for the Safety of Journalists (SMSJ), a network coalition of seven journalists’ unions and media houses associations, on Thursday published its annual monitoring report covering the state of journalists’ safety and media freedom in Somalia.

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