By Goth Mohamed Goth
Borame-A three day Training on Media Laws and principles of freedom of expression drawn from Awdal region of Somaliland jointly organized by Somaliland Journalist Association “SOLJA” SONSAF and funded by SIDA through FORUMSYD, SLRF (Somaliland National Association in Sweden) opened today in Hotel Rays, Borame Town.
Mr. Abkor Hassan Caafi, the Ministry of Information and National Guidance coordinator for Awdal region speaking to the participants said, “The training course was crucial for their day to day work and that it was necessary for equipping local journalist with the necessary skills to deal with complex stories in the Awdal region and country of which most Journalists lack.
Mr. Mahmoud Abdi Jama, the Chairman of Somaliland Journalist Association “SOLJA” speaking to fellow journalist said, “One of the main fundamentals of Somaliland Journalist Association-SOLJA is to act as an advocate and representative both state and independent journalists. With the capacity to promote editorial independence and defends the moral and material interests of journalists, including their professional training and further education.
“Freedom of expression, independent media and citizens’ right to communication are essential parts of the Somaliland and the global development agenda. Transparency and openness are basic conditions of development. We cannot speak about functional democracy unless the citizens have the right and opportunity to receive information”, he stated.