Media Law Hits Somali Journalists

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MOGADISHU - Somalia’s journalists say government is not serious about reviewing the country’s new, controversial media bill that requires them to reveal their sources, despite a series of recent consultations.
Both local and international media watchdogs have voiced fears over the proposed law, calling the new legislation “vague” and “ambiguous”. Many say that it could expose journalists to a range of restrictions for ill-defined offenses.

Their concerns have been raised as another journalist, Ahmed Shariif Hussein was shot dead by unknown gunmen outside his home in north Mogadishu.

Somalia is one of the most dangerous places for media workers to operate. Six journalists have been killed this year alone and more than 15 were murdered in 2012. (END//2013)

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