Eighty Somali journalists concluded on Monday (August 25th) a three-day training workshop on journalism skills, media ethics and press freedom in Mogadishu.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) carried out the training with support from the Finnish Foundation for Media, Communication and Development, known as VIKES, funded in large part by the Finnish Foreign Ministry.
The workshop covered various topics including basic journalism skills, investigative journalism, ethical reporting, the role of the press, journalistic storytelling, practical interview techniques, legal issues and freedom of expression.
Fifty journalists who had attended the workshop in May presented reports and documentaries which they said were inspired by the training they received.
“We were encouraged by the positive feedback of the trainees through individual presentation from those received our trainings in May,” NUSOJ Secretary General Mohamed Ibrahim said. “I am glad to announce that the Finnish government’s support has been very successful.”
VIKES intends to make a sustained commitment to capacity building in Somalia’s media sector by continuing such trainings, VIKES programme co-ordinator Wali Hashi said.
“The trainings have been successful and positive and will continue our support to the Somali journalists,” he said. “I am happy to announce that we will train the government officials including ministerial level, judiciary, police and the civil servants.”