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Regional ministers walk out of forum for safety of Journalists

Ministers of Information of five (5) Regional States of
Federal Republic of Somalia, namely Puntland, Jubbaland, SouthWest,
Galmudug and Hirshabelle were invited to Multi-Stakeholders Safety of
Journalists Forum in Mogadishu whereas Regional States of Somalia and
Independent Journalist Organisations were given no meaningful task or
function.
When we arrived at Forum we received a programme that is dissimilar than
the programme we received while we were in our States, this is
objectionable to Regional States and Somali media at large. And it
dismantled the working relationship between Ministry of Information of
Federal Government and Ministers of Information of Regional States of
Federal Republic of Somalia.
When Regional State Ministers of Information were disallowed their
respective roles and the regard they merited at the Forum and lack of
inclusive presence of independent journalists’ community, Ministries of
Information of Regional States of Federal Republic of Somalia decided:
1. To evidently and completely boycott the so-called Multi-Stakeholders
Safety of Journalists Forum that was expected to focus on safety of
journalists in Somalia, because it was devised to use it as a platform for
approving a fait accompli matter with no dialogue on genuine issues of
safety of journalists

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