• Information is Critical for People with Disabilities

    Mohamed Ali Farah
    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    This story originally ran in Medium.

    Emerging from two decades of civil war and lawlessness, Somalia’s people are struggling with poverty and continuing violence. And, as in many societies, people with disabilities are the hardest hit.

  • Building Trust between Civil Society Organizations and Media in Somalia

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    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    “I feel more confident about approaching the media now. I came to realize that journalists are not as I imagined,” commented Mohamed Ali Farah, director and co-founder of the Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN) after attending Internews’ training on media literacy. His organization works to raise public awareness and understanding of disabilities.

  • Improving Media Standards in Somalia

    A woman speaks into a microphone
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Journalists in Somalia continue to work under harsh conditions, often employed by media outlets that focus on conflict reporting despite their own lack of adequate training to report without putting their lives at risk.[1] The majority of radio journalists are young and were born and raised in Mogadishu during the civil war. They have not received a formal journalistic training; hence they are not fully aware of their role, of the impact of the stories they choose to tell or of the current media polarisation in the country.

  • Media Resource Center in Mogadishu Supports Somalian Journalists

    A group of men stand behind a red ribbon
    Monday, September 1, 2014

    The media in Somalia face tough challenges which undermine its independence and quality: threats, intimidation, weak access to information, security issues, lack of media laws to cite but a few. The media fraternity needs support to continue to exist and become increasingly professionalized around common standards.

  • “Somali Voices” Radio Program Connects Families, Fosters Dialogue on Tough Issues

    Young Somali women write at their desks in a classroom
    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Internews has established three community radio stations in Somalia, in partnership with Star FM, a Nairobi-based Somali language radio station. Somali Voices, a radio program started by Internews to give voice to different groups including local government, civil society organizations, youth, and IDPs, is one of the most popular programs broadcast on the stations.

  • Celebrating World Radio Day

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Happy World Radio Day! At Internews, we love radio, so we’re celebrating with three videos – from New Orleans, Somalia, and the Philippines – that showcase the powerful role that quality radio can play in connecting communities.

    Listening to the Citizens of New Orleans

  • "Somali Voices" Provides an Opportunity for Debate and Dialogue

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

    In partnership with Star FM, a Nairobi-based Somali language radio station, Internews has established three community radio stations in Mogadishu, Gurieel and Dhusamareb. The radio stations provide independent information and provide an opportunity for debate and dialogue in a country that is emerging from 20-plus years of conflict.

    Somali Voices, one of the most popular programs broadcast on the stations, gives voice to different groups including local government, civil society organizations, youth, and IDPs, and also provides music and cultural programming.

  • Radio Show in Somalia Helps Citizens Create Safer Communities

    Journalist interviews a man
    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    A new radio talk show program in Mogadishu is helping listeners take action to make their communities a safer place. The program is produced by local partner Star Media Development Center (SMDC) and supported by Internews.

    The new program empowers local citizens to raise and discuss major issues in their community. A recent production on rising insecurity in Mogadishu’s Waberi district led to the formation of a new neighborhood security committee.

  • The Broader View: Why communicating with disaster-struck communities matters

    The Broader View: Why communicating with disaster-struck communities matters
    Monday, December 5, 2011

    17-year-old Suuban* endured 16-hours of child labor on the back of a truck, fleeing drought conditions in Sakow, in southern Somalia, to the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, in North-East Kenya. Her delivery was severely damaging to her health, but she didn’t seek medical attention.

    When she arrived at the camps, other refugees told her that only women who had given birth inside the camps could see doctors. This was not true.

  • Africa & Technology: From Famine to Facebook

    Africa & Technology: From Famine to Facebook
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    If someone were to ask how you would rank all the continents in terms of accessibility to technology, I think almost anyone would rank Africa last. But that may not be true for much longer. Media are finding new ways to grow and expand in Africa and these projects and initiatives are life-changing, and in my opinion, often even life-saving.