Somaliland:Launching of Press Law Amendment Meeting held in Hargeisa


Somalilandsun:A meeting to amend the press law of Somaliland was held in Hargeisa. The
conference organized by Human Right Center, a local nongovernmental
organization in conjunction with Somaliland Journalists Association
(SOLJA). Press law no 27/2004 which was pending and needed amendment
finally got the eye of the government. This is according to news by
Somaliland News Agency (

The Minister of Information, Culture and National Guidance Mr.Abdirahman
Abdilahi Farah (Guri-Barwaqo), Director General of Ministry of Information
Mr.Ali Mohammed Ali and the Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA)
chairman Mr.Mohammud Abdi Jama (Huto) attended the conference.

The chairman of SOLJA Mr.Huto said that about three years the association
of journalists was working to promote the implementation of law no 27/2004
which needed some changes here and there. He called on the new government
led by President Musa Bihi Abdi to see through the implementation of this
law which seeks to introduce check and balances in the press law of the

The director general of the ministry of information commended the launching
of the press law amendment calling it long overdue. He added that the press
law should not be viewed with suspicions as it seeks to bring sanity into
the arena of journalism.

Minister Guri-Barwaqo said that the law will bring accountability into the
spheres of the press. He went on to say that the government welcomes the
move. The minister state that the amendment will make journalism a
professional career whereby journalist will be trained and protect the
reputation of the profession.