Meet the young Somaliland journalists giving a voice to marginalized communities in Somaliland where 72% of news in 2016 focused on politics & 0.7% on human rights abuses
Somalilandsun- In 1991, following years of civil war, Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia. Since, despite not being recognised by any international government, it has achieved peace and gone a long way towards building security with little external support, by means of a bottom up approach. It has built a democracy with relatively credible elections and set up its own democratic institutions of governance, written its own laws and constitution which, reference the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
However, despite these promising foundations, human rights abuses and discrimination have proliferated in the fragile state.
Women and vulnerable groups such as individuals with disabilities, internally displaced peoples, refugees, youth and minority groups have been excluded from decision making structures and given little to no access to health care, education and employment.”
On the other hand these issues are not being reported on in the local media as acknowledged by the Somaliland Journalist Association which informs that a Media Monitoring Report, revealed that 72 per cent of the news in 2016 focused on politics, 21 per cent on social issues with only 0.7 per cent reporting on human rights abuses and marginalized peoples.”
But according to a report by Alice Rsm two young journalists are giving a voice to marginalized communities in Somaliland
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