Report on ethical coverage of COVID-19 in Somali version

We understand that reporting on pandemic responsibly could be a tricky, therefore we would have liked to share with our Somali journalists about our colleagues’ @EJNetwork tips on the ethical coverage of pandemic – advice on how to convey #COVID19 Somali version. Please report responsibly.Read More

SOMWA applauds the release of journalist Mohamed Abuja

Somali Media Women Association (SOMWA) expresses its pleasure to hear the news of releasing journalist Mohamed Abdulwahab Nor (Abuja) from the prison. The regional Banadir court cleared the case and announced that he was found not guilty. “We are awfully glad that the journalist finally got his freedom back after five months of illegally imprisonment.” […]Read More

SOMWA condemns the jail sentence against journalist Gurbiye

Somali Media Women Association (SOMWA) expressed its concern over the baseless charges against the Goobjoog journalist Abdiaziz Ahmed Gurbiye who was sentenced to six months in jail and pay fine of 5,000,000 ($200) on Wednesday 29 July 2020 by Banadir regional court. The persecutor used a revised charge against the journalist which accuses him […]Read More

SOMWA upholds the legal position of defending lawyers of journalist

Somali Media Women Association (SOMWA) strongly supports the objection of lawyers defending Abdiaziz Gurbiye, an editor and deputy director of the privately owned Goobjoog Media Group who has been accused of baseless charges against him. The journalist was arrested in April after he posted an article on his personal facebook page alleging that the government […]Read More

SOMWA calls on Somaliland to lift the ban on Universal

Somali Media Women Association (SOMWA) strongly condemns the unjust decision by the Somaliland authority in which it is ordering the local TV providers to remove Star and Universal TV channels from their receivers to prevent these TVs from the public seen. The move came two days after the Somaliland government revoked the license from the […]Read More

Front-line female journalists talk about how Covid19 is affecting Somali

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Somalia on mid-March 2020 when the first case was confirmed in Mogadishu, and started to dramatically escalate in the country.  The effects of long running conflicts have resulted fragment of the public health system and the infrastructure that enables governments to actively perform surveillance of the diseases  Shukri Ahmed and […]Read More

SOMWA calls on the Somalia govt. to lift the ban

Somalia Media Women Association (SOMWA) is strongly condemning the move by the federal government to banning the independent journalists from covering the federal parliament session on 6 June, 2020 as undemocratic act. According to journalists in Mogadishu, the parliament top officials have issued a letter informing all independent media that they could not have access […]Read More

SOMWA calls on all media houses: Stop work-related exploitation

Somali Media Women Association (SOMWA) is saddened by the news reports of two female journalists who left their jobs for a persistent abuse from their managers and the news of one Radio station in Mogadishu who force fellow female journalists to take turns to prepare meals for their male colleagues by ignoring their job description. […]Read More

SOMWA condemns govt. assault on SBC reporter

SOMWA is criticizing the Somali police forces of their assaulting Somali Broadcast Corporation TV reporter in Mogadishu as unacceptable and act of hostility. According to SBC office in the capital, a female police commander at Hamarjajab district slapped journalist Abdullahi Sheik Doon in the face viciously during COVID19 reporting and ordered to arrest him. Somali […]Read More