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Global Journalist: Somali Journalists Targeted in Failed State



For much of its population, Somalia is a difficult and dangerous place to live.

It’s particularly true for reporters. Practicing journalism in a failed state means facing threats from any number of militia groups.

That includes Islamist radicals from al-Shabaab as well as from armed groups loyal to Somalia’s internationally-backed government in Mogadishu. At least 59 Somali journalists have been killed since 1992-the year after the fall of dictator Siad Barre threw the country into chaos.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the state of journalism in Somalia.

Our guests this week:

  • Omar Faruk Osman, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists.
  • Idil Osman, a teaching fellow at the University of Leicester. Previously, she spent 11 years covering Somalia for outlets including the BBC and Voice of America.

Jason left Global Journalist in 2019
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