UK embassy launches Somali Journalism Award

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The British embassy in Somalia has announced the launch of Young Somali voices Journalism award.

“To celebrate World Press Freedom Day and the ‘Global Conference for Media Freedom’ (#DefendMediaFreedom), to be hosted by the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada in July 2019, the British Embassy Mogadishu is delighted to announce the launch of Young Somali Voices journalism prize (YSV).” The embassy said in a press statement.

The new prize was announced during World Press Freedom Day celebrations held at the British Embassy Mogadishu and co-hosted by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Somalia, Ben Fender, and representatives from the United Nations office in Somalia.

The event provided a platform for a cross-section of Somali journalists to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities they face with regard to media freedom in Somalia.

“A free press is our best defense against corruption, extremism, and abuse of power. Media freedom is under increasing attack in Somalia as journalists are routinely subjected to intimidation, harassment, and persecution.” The British Ambassador to Somalia said speaking during the event.

“I look forward to continuing our work with the media, civil society organizations, international partners and the Government of Somalia to address these challenges together.” Ambassador Ben Fender added.

The award will highlight the importance of defending media freedom and demonstrate the key role that the media play in creating an inclusive and open society in Somalia. It will also seek to identify and project young Somali voices and positive stories about Somalia.

The British Embassy said the objective Journalism Award is to celebrate and promote the important role that a free media plays in Somalia and to identify and recognize emerging talent; we encourage all young Somali media students and new journalists to actively participate.

 

According to the committee to protect journalists (CPJ) Somalia is among dangerous countries for media practitioners to operate.