Somalia;Minister of Information of Somalia re-assures the Media Law will be reviewed

Muqdisho, 29 April 2017 – Minister of Information, H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow) has today received Media Leaders at his office in Mogadishu.

The Minister has discussed with the media leaders the importance of the Media Law and making it one that works with the satisfaction of all parties.

HE Minister Eng. Yarisow “I have listened to the concerns of the media leaders towards a number of articles in the Media Law and promised them that these articles will be reviewed as soon as possible in order to make them more agreeable. The Media Law is already in effect as it had been signed by former president of Somalia in January, 2016. We now give consideration to the proposed amendment by the Media.”

Eng. Yarisow, continued to say “The government is going to start consultations on the way forward in order to make the Media Law more compatible with Somalia situation and International Media Laws. However, we are committed to ensure cooperation with the media and the public and get their consent.”

Minister Eng. Yarisow, added that the amendments will be consulted with Human Rights Organizations, the Ministry of Human Rights, Parliament Committee on Media and Human Rights in order to make sure the Media Law will be fully compatible with the International Laws of Human Rights.

The Minister, requested that Somali Media, the Civil Society, all parts of the public and the International Partners supporting media submit their recommendations to the ministry of Information and Media Law in order to hasten the review and amend the articles in dispute.

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