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Somali journalists oppose the state's media law

Friday, July 12, 2013

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Somali journalists say the government has approved draft media legislation that will make it even harder for them to operate in a country where reporters are frequently threatened and even killed.

The law was approved by government ministers on Thursday.

Under the draft law, which proposes a government watchdog agency, journalists can be suspended or fined for publishing work that undermines peace and security.

It also requires journalists to reveal anonymous sources if a court asks for them.

Omar Faruk Osman of the National Union of Somali Journalists said the law was vague and could be abused in ways that undermine press freedom.

Somalia is one of the most difficult places for journalists to work. At least 23 journalists have been killed there since 2012.

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