The practice of critical journalism and reporting in Somalia has become a difficult venture as it involves arrests, persecution or even death.

Somalia has maintained its first position as the most dangerous country for journalists in Africa, for the last eight years, and considered as one of the most dangerous places for journalists all over the world.

Abdalle Ahmed Mumin: A Testimony of Violence Against Journalists in Somalia

Abdalle Ahmed Mumin (in the center) during one of the protests of journalists in Somalia.  /Courtesy Photo.

Abdalle Ahmed Mumin has always prioritized fighting for media freedom and human rights in Somalia. This has put his life and family in danger but his perspective was shaken when he could no longer have himself protected against the Somali government as a journalist for the past 20 years. Abdalle was accused of disobeying government directives in October 2022 and later in March 2023, he fled to Nairobi for safety where he is living until now.

Media Ownership a Threat to Press Freedom in Kenya

A newspaper vendor selling The Standard and Daily Nation, the most dominant privately owned newspapers in Kenya. Photo:Simon Main)

Unlike many African countries where state-owned media houses control the landscape, Kenya’s most influential media organisations are privately owned and this has significant implications for press freedom in the country.

The largest media organisations – Nation Media Group, Standard Media Group and Royal Media Services – own multiple newspapers and television and radio stations across the country, and their shareholders include powerful individuals and companies.

Kenya’s image tainted as safe haven for journalists

Kenyan journalists at a press conference in 2022. Photo by Patrick Vidija.

As one of the African countries with the highest foreign and local media presence and the most active and independent media council, Kenya has received great acclaim for a vibrant media environment compared to other nations on the continent.

The World Press Freedom Index prepared by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranked Kenya at 102 out of 180 countries in 2021, and in 2022, the position improved significantly, moving to 69 out of 180, the best ranked in East Africa.

Makerere University to meet UCC over Campus FM

The Makerere University Journalism and Communication department is set to meet Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) this month to decide on Campus FM’s fate.

The meeting due October 29th will be to negotiate amongst other issues offering a limited frequency to the radio station, following the transfer of 107.0MHz to Salt FM in Kampala.