The Somali media environment

Reporting in Somalia

A research briefing examining the state and role of media in Somali society.

Publication date: July 2011

Overview: Twenty years on from the collapse of the Barre regime, many regions of Somalia continue to be afflicted by violent conflict, a volatile political situation, and slow rates of development. The need for a strong media sector that can support development and the creation of effective systems of governance is well recognised. However with an international reputation for being one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, and a region that suffers from lawlessness, a lack of institutions, and severely limited infrastructure and resources, the capacity of the Somali media sector to play this role effectively is unclear.

Building on the findings of the 2006 African Media Development Initiative (AMDI) study of Somali media, this analysis of the media sector aims to map the current media landscape and provide insight into the structures, relationships and practices which characterise the sector at present.

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