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UN says Somali journalists denied their role in society

MOGADISHU (SD) – The United Nations Office Assistance Mission In Somalia (UNSOM) on the occasion of World Press Day has released a statement on the situation Somali journalists are facing.

The United Nations says it is strengthening the active role of local media professionals in Somali society and the need to reaffirm their ability to carry out their work safely and independently.

““Somalia’s media are a key component for the growth of democracy, and they need to be able to go about their work free from threats, intimidation and harm so they can carry out their important work,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan.

Swan confirmed that Somali journalists are still facing a serious situation, in one of the most dangerous countries in the World, Somalia.

Journalists in Somalia remain under physical threat in many areas. Since May last year, one journalist has been killed and two others injured. Moreover, 64 journalists and media workers have been arrested while carrying out their work.

Mr. Swan statement comes at a time when the media situation in Somalia is facing constant arrests, killings, deportations, and threats.

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