Somalia Marks 45th Anniversary of the National Newspaper and a deal to Improve Quality of Media has been signed

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Monday January 22, 2018 - 23:49:34 in Latest News by Staff Reporter
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    Somalia Marks 45th Anniversary of the National Newspaper and a deal to Improve Quality of Media has been signed

    Mogadishu, : Somalia has commemorated the 45th anniversary of the National Newspapers "Xiddigta October" currently known as Dalka Newspaper first printed in Somali language for the first time in 1973.

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NUSOJ Secretary General Mohamed Ibrahim Moaimuu and a representative from the Ministry of Information signing the deal to improve the media in Mogadishu on January 21. Photo credit: MoI
Mogadishu, : Somalia has commemorated the 45th anniversary of the National Newspapers "Xiddigta October" currently known as Dalka Newspaper first printed in Somali language for the first time in 1973.

The ceremony has also launched a cooperation deal signed among the ministry of Information, Somali National University and the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).

Present at the event were dignitaries from the Prime minister’s office, Federal Ministry of Information, the newly appointed Banadir Region Governor and mayor of Mogadishu, Ministry of Information from the South West State, Members of the Media committee of the Parliament, Media Organisation representatives and members of the Civil Society.


The Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, H.E. Mahdi Mohamed Guled "Khadar” has congratulated the Somali Media for the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the first Newspaper. He called on the media to be responsible and work for the national interest of the country.

H.E. Mahdi Mohamed Guled, the Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia has appreciated the media organizations for signifying this year’s event of the Somali Information Day. H.E. Mahdi suggested cooperation between the government and the media to improve the quality of Somali Media which is of great interest to both sides and is empowering the media institutions in the country.

The deputy Ministry of Information H.E. Abdirahman Idan Yonis who is also acting as the Information Minister H.E. Eng. Yarisow has been appointed the Banadir Region Governor who is also mayor of Mogadishu, said that this day 45 years ago was historical as Somalia saw the first Newspaper written in Somali language.

The appointed Banadir Region Governor and Mayor of Mogadishu H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman, "Eng.Yarisow”, the outgoing minister of Information congratulated the Media on the occasion and also spoke of the deal to cooperate with the National University and National Union of Somali Journalists and said that it is aimed at having a media that is fully empowered and acting responsibly.
As part of the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the National Newspaper renamed as Dalka News Paper, the ministry of Information has reopened a new section for printing the national Newspaper.

The deputy Minister of Information who is acting as the Minister of Information appealed to the staff of the Newspaper Section to ensure printing quality news, reports and analysis that represent not only the Federal Government but also the Somali Public and work to inform, entertain and educate Somali People.

The deal for cooperation has been signed by three representatives of the Ministry of Information, National University and the National Union of Somali Journalists, the Deputy Minister of Information, H.E. Abdirahman Idan Yonis, Deputy Rector of National University, Dr Abdikarin Maki and NUSOJ Secretary General, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu.

This deal is aimed at improving the quality of Somali Media by first assessing the need of the Somali Media, second to prepare a curriculum based on the need assessment done in the first stage and third to provide an applicable education addressing knowledge provision for the media, improving their security and economic empowerment.

The three organisations who signed this deal appealed to the donor countries and International and none-governmental partners assisting Somali Media to be part of the implementation of this deal by adjusting their assistance in line with this deal.
The National University will be providing the education for the media and its estimated that up to 5000 media workers will directly and indirectly benefit from the University Education to be provided under this deal for 5 years.

- Ministry of Information -


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