Somalia’s SJS completes its fourth course in human rights journalism in Garowe

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MOGADISHU, Somalia December 30, 2021 – Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) completes its fourth Human Rights Journalism training in Garowe, the capital of Puntland State of Somalia on Wednesday, December 29.

The three-day training in reporting on human rights through documentation and opinion formation benefited 25 local reporters from independent media stations and state media. 10 of the trainees were female reporters. The activity is part of ongoing journalism training projects supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Trainees pose for a group photo at the end of a three-day human rights training in Garowe, Puntland, Wednesday, December 29, 2021. | PHOTO / SJS.

“In Garowe, we have selected very talented journalists from the local media and we are glad that many of them had the passion to report and advocate for human rights issues. The Garowe Training is part six training initiative with a goal of 150 journalists trained in the subject of human rights throughout Somalia, thanks to the useful financial support we had received from the National Endowment for Democracy, says SJS’s Secretary General Abdalle Ahmed Mumin.

The 25 journalists will receive mentorship support when they join SJS’s network of human rights reporters who are currently active in four regions.

Chairman of the Puntland Human Rights Defender’s Office, Sa’id Abdi Muumin, speaks at the conclusion of a three-day human rights journalism training course in Garowe, Puntland, on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. | PHOTO / SJS.

Based on past experience, the chair of the Office of Puntland Human Rights Defender, Sa’id Abdi Muumin, noted that learning about human rights would make it easy for the journalist to distinguish between stories that fall into the category of human rights violations and those that do not. .

“Therefore, journalists must learn international standards and local rules that they must follow when reporting and disseminating human rights information. I encourage you to implement what you have learned, to be balanced and credible,” Sa’id Muumin added. Our office is ready to work with the journalists and we appeal your cooperation with us. “

On behalf of the Ministry of Information in Puntland, Director-General Mohamed Isse Osman praised the training opportunities for local journalists and appealed for more skills-based training, including the area of ​​human rights and humanitarian surveillance.

Director General of Puntland’s Ministry of Information, Mohamed Isse Osman, speaks at the start of a three – day training course in human rights journalism in Garowe, Puntland, on Monday 27 December 2021. | PHOTO / SJS.

“Human rights related training has been carried out in the past but we are still demanding more and more to upgrade the skills of our journalists. We realize that the number of journalists given this opportunity is equal to 10% of the total number of journalists in Garowe. good start “, added CEO Mohamed Isse Osman.

Puntland’s Deputy Minister for Women and the Family, Sahra-Kin Abdi Hersi, acknowledged for her part the importance of specialized training to improve the skills of journalists as it is necessary to rebuild the country and society.

“We thank SJS for their commitment to improving the skills of journalists as part of improving the society that is necessary for the reconstruction of the country. We can imagine the state in which journalists work in Somalia. It is very difficult and I greet them. Our journalists must however, reconsider the situation they are working in, “said Deputy Minister Hersi.

Deputy Minister for Women and the Family, Sahra-Kin Abdi Hersi, speaks at the start of a three-day human rights journalism training program in Garowe, Puntland, on Monday 27 December 2021. | PHOTO / SJS.

“Although I am a friend of the media, I was deeply disappointed with how the media covered the recent conflict in Bosaso. Therefore, let our journalists be ambassadors for peace and human rights,” Mrs Hersi added.

During the opening and closing of the three-day training, the SJS team was joined by representatives of the local media associations: Media Association of Puntland (MAP) and Women in Media Initiative Somalia, Office of Puntland Human Rights Defender as well as human rights lawyers and local civilians society.

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