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Southwest journalists benefit from training program on professional journalism

In a series of professional training activities devised to boost professional skills of Somali journalists, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) carried out a 2-day training for 26 journalists in Baidoa, Bay region, in Southwest Regional State of Somalia. This is the 3rd activity of its kind, following similar training activities in Mogadishu and Galkayo.

In a series of professional training activities devised to boost professional skills of Somali journalists, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) carried out a 2-day training for 26 journalists in Baidoa, Bay region, in Southwest Regional State of Somalia. This is the 3rd activity of its kind, following similar training activities in Mogadishu and Galkayo.

Entitled “Training on Professional Journalism and Ethical Standards” was held on 19-20 April 2018 in cooperation with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) where journalists came from Baidoa and Hudur.

Mukhtar Mohamed Atosh, Trainings Secretary of NUSOJ, said at the opening of the training that NUSOJ is conducting this training in order to professionalise the journalism occupation and empower journalists in Southwest Somalia with necessary skills to carry out their daily journalistic work.

The training has been focused on ethics and professionalism from diverse perspectives. It first tackled the question of fundamental principles and techniques of journalism, and then considered the question of responsibility that media workers owe to the society they serve. It has dealt with the most common ethical issues that arise in practice of journalism and addressed the questions of press freedom and its intersections with ethical practice and professionalism.

NUSOJ Supreme Council Vice President Ali Ilyas Abdullahi said while threats meant to undermine legitimate journalism in the public interest, professional training has never been more important for the credibility and integrity of its practitioners.

“We want fellow journalists to be able to demonstrate that the stories generated by them is underpinned by rigorous training in accuracy, impartiality, balance and fair dealing and is delivered in way that meets the rightly demanding ethical standards of journalism” declared Abdullahi.

The opening session of the training was joined by Ministers from Southwest State of Somalia, leadership of Southwest parliament and Bay Regional administration who encouraged NUSOJ to conduct more professional enhancement activities for journalists.

The training is a set of capacity building activities that NUSOJ is implementing across the country to contribute to building a more professional and self-respecting journalism profession in Somalia.

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