Media Legislation

The Somali draft media law, which is to replace the Media Law 2007, was passed by the Council of Ministers in July 2013 and has undergone a process of public consultation before it is re-drafted and submitted to Parliament in the first half of 2014. In each consultation the panel represented the previous Ministry of Information, Post, Telecommunications and Transport (MIPTT), the current National Union of Somali Journalists and local stakeholders, with delegates comprising journalists, media operators, local authorities and civil society.

This process of consultation was a significant initiative that allowed open discussion and participation in the preparation of an important law that would impact not just the media operators, but the Somali media audiences in country and around the world. Consultations began in Mogadishu in October 2013 and were followed by similar consultations in Garowe, Galkayo, Baidoa and Beletweyne, with additional forums in Nairobi and London. In each region local radio stations had been engaged to broadcast a phone-in programme on the law, allowing the public participation in the process. The outcome of these consultations, along with recommendations compiled from international media law experts, will be taken into account and the final draft will be prepared in the first half of 2014.

Somali Media Mapping report