Radio Muqdisho

HQs: Mogadishu
Coverage: Baidoa
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[State owned Radio. Pro-government stance. Anti Al Shabaab. Anti-Somaliland secessionism.]

Radio Muqdisho is state run radio and is located inside the Ministry of Information compound. It was founded in 1951 by Italian colonialist; however the independent Somali State has taken control of the station in 1960.

Since the state collapse in 1991 the station has acted as the mouthpiece of difference political administrations. The factional leader, General Aidid, has been running it from 1991 to 2006 when Islamic court took the power of Mogadishu. However, the current Federal Government has been running the station since 2007.

The station has around 50 staff members. It is based in Wartanabadda district. UNSOA supports Radio Muqdisho in some technical aspects. Its programs include news, political debates, religious programmes, entertainment, awareness, sport and music. It also relays some programmes from the VOA Somali Service.

The station broadcasts in Somali (with small sections in English) for 24 hours in Mogadishu, Middle Shabelle and Lower Shabelle. Radio Muqdisho broadcasts in Baidoa, Beledwayne, Abudwaq, Galkacyo, Adado, Dhusomareeb and Guricel. Radio Muqdisho is also meant to broadcast in Kismayo (via radio Kismayo) but at the time of writing this report Radio Kismayo – which airs via a transmitters provided by the Ministry of Information – was reportedly broadcasting its own local programming.

The AU/UN IST survey conducted in Oct/Nov 2013 across AMISOM 4 sectors found that on average Radio Muqdisho was the fourth most listened to radio (23% listenership daily) and the third most trustworthy (about 50% trustworthiness) across 4 sectors. The AU/UN IST survey conducted in November 2012 across AMISOM 4 sectors found that of the sixteen radio stations pre-coded in the survey, Radio Muqdisho was the third most popular radio station in South/Central Somalia (“ever listened to”) and the third most frequently listened to. Like many other stations Radio Muqdisho was subjected to threats by Al Shabaab however the TFG government of Sheikh Sharif encouraged the journalists to continue reporting on the current affairs of the nation despite the Al Shabaab ban. Therefore Radio Muqdisho was one of the few stations that reported on issues that were censored by Al Shabaab.

Besides its strong opposition to Al Shabaab, Radio Muqdisho arguably also has a pro-government stance. Four of Radio Muqdisho staff members were killed by Al Shabaab in different times and locations. Two of those journalists, Sheikh Nur Abkey and Yusuf Ali Osman were assassinated in 2009 and 2012 respectively, while the two others were killed at Village Restaurant bombing on 20 September 2012.

Somali Media Mapping report