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Workshop for SOLJA & the Voter Registartion Media Reporting Code of Conduct

The Academy for Peace and Development (APD) and its partner Interpeace had sponsored a three day workshop from the 2nd to the 4th of June, 2015 for the Somalil and Journalist Association (SOLJA). This workshop was instituting a three year strategic plan for the organization. The objectives of the workshop was:

    • To present stakeholders with the copy of the strategy plan draft for discussion and to debate the validation of the document.
    • Participants were given the opportunity to review the daft of the strategy plan document, In which, necessary changes were recommend, validate and finally put into a final draft.
    • To revise and sign a code of conduct for media reporting mechanism for the voter registration process of Somalil and to start July 2015.

Additionally, regardless of the improvement of the organizational system for SOLJA, the three year strategic plan is aimed at improving the regulatory, policy environment for the pluralistic, the diverse media work, and to increase the capacity for individual journalists, media businesses and other service providers.

The participants from the diverse media stakeholders are the following, the Ministry of

Information, Parliament sub-committee of internal affairs, the General Attorney of Somalil and,

the Academy for Peace and Development, NAGAAD women umbrella, and SONSAF, who were

all present for the workshop.

Also present were the diverse media representatives from both the public and private media, intellectuals, writers, academicians and freelancers.

For the first two days of the workshop, SOLJA and the media representatives were discussing and setting the framework for the strategic plan. The areas which were given much consideration were the institutions governance and leadership, human resources, the financial platform, and the sustainability of the program. They also looked into both internal and external challenges of the institution, which was given time to deliberate and address issues. Furthermore, the vision and mission of SOLJA was revised and rephrased.

By the third day of the workshop the participants had revised and discussed the voter registration media reporting code of conduct. The code of conduct comprising of 13 clauses were agreed by all the participants of the workshop to be used for the upcoming voter registration media reporting of Somalil and.

The code of conduct was then signed by the Ministry of Information, Somalil and Journalist Association (SOLJA), Somalil and Women Journalist Association (WIJA) and Nati

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Workshop for SOLJA & the Voter Registartion Media Reporting Code of Conduct

The Academy for Peace and Development (APD) and its partner Interpeace had sponsored a three day workshop from the 2nd to the 4th of June, 2015 for the Somalil< and Journalist Association (SOLJA). This workshop was instituting a three year strategic plan for the organization. The objectives of the workshop was:

    • To present stakeholders with the copy of the strategy plan draft for discussion < and to debate the validation of the document.
    • Participants were given the opportunity to review the daft of the strategy plan document, In which, necessary changes were recommend, validate < and finally put into a final draft.
    • To revise < and sign a code of conduct for media reporting mechanism for the voter registration process of Somalil< and to start July 2015.

Additionally, regardless of the improvement of the organizational system for SOLJA, the three year strategic plan is aimed at improving the regulatory, policy environment for the pluralistic, the diverse media work, < and to increase the capacity for individual journalists, media businesses < and other service providers.

The participants from the diverse media stakeholders are the following, the Ministry of

Information, Parliament sub-committee of internal affairs, the General Attorney of Somalil< and,

the Academy for Peace < and Development, NAGAAD women umbrella, < and SONSAF, who were

all present for the workshop.

Also present were the diverse media representatives from both the public < and private media, intellectuals, writers, academicians < and freelancers.

For the first two days of the workshop, SOLJA < and the media representatives were discussing < and setting the framework for the strategic plan. The areas which were given much consideration were the institutions governance < and leadership, human resources, the financial platform, < and the sustainability of the program. They also looked into both internal < and external challenges of the institution, which was given time to deliberate < and address issues. Furthermore, the vision < and mission of SOLJA was revised < and rephrased.

By the third day of the workshop the participants had revised < and discussed the voter registration media reporting code of conduct. The code of conduct comprising of 13 clauses were agreed by all the participants of the workshop to be used for the upcoming voter registration media reporting of Somalil< and.

The code of conduct was then signed by the Ministry of Information, Somalil< and Journalist Association (SOLJA), Somalil< and Women Journalist Association (WIJA) < and Nati

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Journalism Workshop

The Academy for Peace and Development conducted a successful two day Journalism Workshop entitled ‘Bridging the Gap Between Media and Community’ at the Guled Hotel and Restaurant. APD recently launched the Mobile Audio Visual Unit (MAVU) in which accompanying Journalist are provided with an opportunity to receive training on methods of placing focus and attention of news items on community-related issues. Accompanying Journalists during the MAVU mapping exercises were provided with a chance to study methods of acquiring vital concerns of district residents through open-forum and focus group discussions and relay these messages through all sources of media outlets.
The Academy for Peace and Development invited 9 television stations, 15 newspapers, Hargeisaradio station,  about a dozen websites and Journalism students from various Universities focusing specifically on Somalil and social and community related affairs. APD were fortunate to have two highly distinguished guest speakers,  Hussein Ali Nour and Hassan Heiss to provide their expertise knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of Journalist to report issues concerning all communities in Somalil and.
The Journalism Workshop was opened by the Deputy Minister of Information, Abdiwhab Abdiquder Abdirahman who stated, “There is a major gap between the media and community. We all underst and that, now we have to work on building the bridge that is going to close this gap and become socially productive for both you and your respected communities.”

The Project Coordinator at APD, Ahmed Deria presented an interactive presentation entitled, “Freedom of Expression”. The two-day workshop provided a platform for all the journalist and journalism students to interact with each other and gather information highlighted during the open and FGD. The MAVU team also had a small presentation were the lead researcher Abdirahman Ahmed explained the importance of the role of journalist in relaying messages to isolate and rural areas.
He presented them with news clips, videos,  and pictures of community related issues and experiences they had during their six region mapping exercise in which a journalist accompanied them.
On the second day of the workshop the participants were able to watch a Mock Presentation by senior Journalist who scripted and performed the headlines for today’s news and the social impact of minorities during the cold and winter season. The Journalist was able to reenact their own stories in small groups of five with different community related topics.Some issues that came up during the open forum discussions were an absence of ethical guidelines, whereby journalists may be held accountable, and patience from a government in need of journalism to prompt further productivity; renders the current media situation as a national challenge.
The two-day Journalism workshop concluded with all participants having an opportunity to go onstage and give their recommendations and evaluations of the entire workshop. The Journalism workshop concluded with the Executive Director of the Academy for Peace and Development, Mohamed Farah Hersi thanking the Journalist and Journalism students for participating in a vital workshop on behalf of the community. He stated “The media reports are 90% based on political coverage, what we want to accomplish from this two day workshop is to remind the media that it is their duty and privilege to increase reporting on community based issues. The media has always been working side by side with the Academy for Peace and Development relaying issues that are connected to our three Pillars for Peace; Democratization, Decentralization,  and Social Reconciliation.
We hope that the main benefit you will receive from this Journalism workshop will inspire you to release more coverage’s on community related issues.”