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May 2017

 




PRESS RELEASE

Somaliland Freed the detained journalist Mr Oldon with Presidential Pardon.

Mogadishu, 25 May 2017

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the release of Somali journalist by the Somaliland authority on Thursday 25 May, 2017 from Hargeisa prison.

A journalist Abdimalik Muse Coldoon was sentenced a two-year jail term on April 8 ,2017 after Somaliland government accused him violating the sovereignty of Somaliland and offending the prestige of Somaliland leaders but he was first jailed by police in the capital of Somaliland, Hargeisa upon return from Mogadishu on 15 February ,2017.

Journalist Oldons? release came a day after 100 journalists met with Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, who demanded the government to respect freedom of speech and freedom of media.

An hour after his release a journalist Oldon who spoke on the phone to NUSOJ leaders confirmed his release. ?I am happy to regain my freedom and I thank all sides which contributed to my release. I would like particularly thank here the National Union of Somali Journalists for their selfless effort and solidarity they showed me during my detention? a journalist Oldon said.

?I am planning to hold a press conference shortly in which I shall detail several issues relating to my arrest and the release today but I would like to confirm first of all that I was treated well in the last 3 months and 10 days I spent in prison ? Oldon noted .

?We are glad that our colleague Abdimalik Muse Coldoon finally got his freedom back and welcome his release.? Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, the Secretary General of the NUSOJ said on Thursday, ?We hope and urge the Somaliland authority improve the freedom of the press.? Moalimuu added.

While we are extremely pleased that Abdimalik Muse Coldoon was released, he should not have spent even a single day in jail on the original," said Mahir Jam Aden NUSOJ President and urged Somaliland government should allow the press to do their work without harassment."

A Journalist Abdimalik was a champion for the unprivileged members of Somali society and shares their stories with a global audience with the view to positive change and empowerment. He has earned the respect of a generation due to his selfless fundraising efforts and his discussing of social issues that are considered taboo in Somalia, such as people living with HIV/AID and FGM.

Somali Government provides progress update on eradicating corruption**
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Mogadishu, 21 May 2017 ? The Federal Government of Somalia is committed to combating corruption at every level. So far within a short period of time, the new government has made efforts to show its commitment and determination to eradicating corruption. The progresses made so far include the following:

1. The government has reviewed the anti-corruption law with Somali experts and soon will be presented to the parliament for a review and approval;
2. As a result of strict reforms on public financial management the revenue generated since 8th of February has increased which gives us more income to provide service delivery;
3. The new management at Aden Adde International airport in Mogadishu has on the 16th and the 17th of May 2017 collected more than $ 130,000 of Khat taxation when compared to the past days and weeks, that $34,000 has been saved which was used to be diverted into the wrong pockets, without tax increases, and no extra Khat arriving. As a result of this, the government saved between 600k to 900k per month, which will hugely help the government to provide services to its citizens;
4. 5 men who were operating at illegal roadblock were arrested and paraded?? on the 13 of May 2017 as they were armed with AK47 and a vehicle which they have been using for the robbing of travelers along Mogadishu and KM50 by collecting illegal taxation at check-points on streets. These 5 men were paraded at the premises of the Ministry of defense after a military operation was carried out.
5. Operations to eradicate bandits who laid illegal roadblocks on the roads is launched in the Middle Shabelle region on 18 May 2017. All roadblocks were removed between roads that links Mogadishu to Adalle district. Somali President instructed SNA to remove all illegal checkpoints so that citizens are not subject to paying illegal taxation.
6. On 21 May 2017 Somali National Army (SNA) arrested 4-armed men as they were collecting illegal taxation at illegal check-point in Warsheikh district, Middle Shabelle region.
7. Somali Police Force arrested two officials, one from the ministry of Finance and one from the police at Bakara market in Mogadishu, as they were using fake taxation book to collect money from traders. It appears that this has been the case for sometime, but since that arrest there were no reported case at Bakara Market, which reduced wide corruption practices that existed there.
8. Over one million dollars is saved every month as a result of very strict procedures at the Ministry of Finance in order to ensure that all money is spent according to financial regulation.
9. Ministerial Financial Committee is established to streamline and unify revenue collections from various ministries within the Federal Government of Somalia in order to implement good-governance, accountability and transparency.

Finally, The Federal Government of Somalia is committed to making further necessary reforms in the public financial management system. Furthermore, the Federal Government is fully aware of previous culture of impunity when it comes to corruption allegations, therefore, Somali leaders are now convinced that all necessary measures to safeguard public resources are implemented including legal proceedings to individuals that are subject to mismanagement of public resources at every level in the government institutions.

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Ministry of Information

Federal Republic of Somalia
South West State regions held consultation to review Somali Media Law**
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Baidoa, 21 May 2017 - South West State regions of Somalia today held a public consolation and discussions to review Somali Media Law as part of the commitment and determination of the Minister of Information of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

H.E. Hassan Abdi Mohamed, the Minister of Information & Public Guidance of South West State of Somalia stated that today's discussion and consultation to review the Federal Media Law of Somalia is part of the overall review of the Media Law throughout Somalia.

Participants of today's consultation and discussions to review the Federal Media Law had the opportunity to discuss and debate on paragraphs that needed to be re-visited as agreed on the Consultation Meeting to Develop Somalia Media that took place in Mogadishu between 6 - 8 May 2017.

H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow), the Minister of Information of the Federal Republic of Somalia had telephone conversation with Minister of Information of South West State of Somalia H.E. Hassan Abdi Mohamed who briefed Minister Eng. Yarisow the outcome of today's meeting in Baidoa where media stakeholders in South West discussed and reviewed the Federal Media Law.

Minister Eng. Yarisow said "I hugely thank Minister Mohamed for his commitment and determination to implement our agreements during Somali Media Stakeholders' conference in Mogadishu between 6 - 8 May 2017. I also had telephone conversation with other Ministers of Information from Federal member states of Somalia and urged them to provide an opportunity to all stakeholders to have a say in the review process of the Media Law as we want a Media Law that is agreeable to all stakeholders that is also meets the international standards of human rights and freedom of expression as enshrined in chapter 18 of our provisional constitutions."

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Ministry of Information

Federal Republic of Somalia

New Customs management at Mogadishu airport spotted $34,000 missing taxation within two days
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Mogadishu, 17 May 2017 - H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow) together with Ministers of State & Deputy Minister of Finance today visited Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu in order to encourage customs officials for collecting extra $34,000 taxation on Khat within their first two days of office.

Minister of Information, H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow) spoke to the media at customs office in Aden Adde International airport and said "For the first two days of the new management at customs office collected more than $130,000, which shows an increase of $34,000 compared to previous days. This means that over $550,000 pm is gone missing (30%), which could have helped the Federal Government to pay salaries of more than 5000 soldiers ($100 pm). "

Minister Eng. Yarisow said that there will be a through investigation and accountability in order for us to stop the existing corruption in our system.

Ministers visited at customs office praised the excellent work of cusoms officials that saved $34,000 in their first two days in office. Ministers also encouraged officials for their bravery and promised that the government will reward them so that we together will be able to stop corruption practice that exist so far.

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Ministry of Information
Federal Republic of Somalia

#BreakingNews
Mogadishu on Wednesday May 17, 2017 110 #Somali Members of #Parliament started to stop the endless lies and bogus promises of #Somalia‘s most corrupted #President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and his money swindling Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre who is illegally trying to manage and control the Somali Ministry of Finance as exposed by the Somali Attorney-General Ahmed Dahir so, what is going on?

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 After less 3 months 87.9% the Somali people are now unhappy to see the endless corruptions what is going on between the Office of the President and Office of the Prime Minister?

Well, the Somali people have also expressed grea t concern about recent firing of the Somali Auditor-General H.E. Dr. Nur Farah illegally, and how Somalia’s current Attorney-General H.E. Mr. Ahmed Dahir exposed the illegalities of the Current Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre who are both violating the Federal Constitution making and bringing their own ways to break the federal constitution so far.

So, is the best time to show current Somali leaders to comply with the Somali Federal Constitution? Or Somali Members of Lower and Upper Houses of the Somali Representatives will use preventive measures to fire or complete stop the endless corruptions between the Office of the President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmaajo aka “King of Liars” and his Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre aka “Carcass Chewer”
Reported, exposed and approved by Somali Minister of Information and the Semi-Autonomous Ministries of Information

Washington DC, 16 May 2017 - Mr Trump (centre) jokes with Mr Lavrov (left) and Ambassador Sergei Kislyak

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about so-called Islamic State (IS) to Russia’s foreign minister, US media report.

The information, related to the use of laptops on aircraft, came from a partner of the US which had not given permission for it to be shared with Russia, says the Washington Post.

Mr Trump received Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office last week.

National Security Adviser HR McMaster dismissed the reporting as “false”.

The Trump campaign’s alleged links to Moscow have dogged his presidency and are part of several investigations.

But the president has dismissed such allegations as “fake news”.

During the election campaign, Mr Trump repeatedly criticised his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for how she handled sensitive material.

Minister of Information opens editorial guidelines training to Somali journalists

Mogadishu, 14 May 2017 - The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, H.E Abdirahman Omar Osman ?Eng. Yarisow? and the Minister of Women and Human Rights, H.E Deka Yasin Haji Yusuf, have today opened a workshop on editorial guidelines and building the capacity of Somali Media.

The two-day Workshop organized by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism is participated by journalists representing Somali National Radio and Television, Regional State Media Representatives and members of the private media.

Minister Eng. Yarisow said that this is the first workshop of its kind as it is participated by media representative from all parts of Somalia.

?The subjects of the workshop are vital for the building the capacity of Somali Media, specially the Editorial Guidelines which is a subject so important that will improve the media and produce responsible Journalists and make them serve their communities. I thank the facilitators, Abdirahman Koronto the Senior Advisor of the Ministry of Information and Hussein Jabiri who are both well experienced training journalists.? Said Eng. Yarisow.

?I call on the participants to take advantage of the opportunity given to them, and convey the message to other journalists who did not have such opportunity.? Added the minister.

The Minister of Women and Human Rights, Deko Yasin Haji Yusuf said that it is necessary that the media focuses on protecting the rights of the children.

?The Media must protect the rights of Children and should not broadcast information relating to children or their voices without receiving the consent of their parents or guardians.? Said the Minister of Women & Human Rights.

Also speaking at the ceremony included the Deputy Minister Abdirahman Iidan Yonis, the Director General Abdirahman Yusuf Omar ?Adalla? and the Director of Training & Capacity Building, who pointed out how important the workshop is and the benefits the media will gain.

The participants acknowledged the importance of the workshop and said that they will take advantage the opportunity given to them and will share the knowledge with other media.

It is the first time such workshop held in Somalia by the Ministry of Information benefited by a wide ranging media representatives including the regional state journalists.

The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, H.E Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow) has finally said that this kind of workshop will continue for all media representative including the private and all kinds of media, as the Ministry of Information is here for all Somali Media in order for the national media to develop and reach international standard.

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Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism

Dear Former Somali Central Bank Governor,

Minneapolis May 14, 2018

It was a great time to meet with you, our dear Former Somali Central Bank Governor H.E. Yusra Abrar at Double Three in Minneapolis tonight, and I extraordinarily thank you for your transparency, accountability and trustworthy which you have already shown us and shared to the best of your knowledge during your tenure as the Somali Central Bank Governor.

Best Regards,
Dr. Badal Kariye
Author of 104 Books, Journalist, Security Expert, Entrepreneur and Diplomat.


May 2017

 




Washington (CNN)
FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee last week that “hundreds and thousands” of emails containing classified information had been forwarded from top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin to the home computer she shared with her husband — and one-time New York congressman — Anthony Weiner.

Turns out that’s not true, according to CNN’s Evan Perez, who reported Tuesday that Comey had drastically overstated the number of emails Abedin had forwarded to Weiner and that the FBI was in the midst of trying to find a way to correct the record.
Comey's claim to Congress about Clinton aide's emails wasn't true
Comey’s claim to Congress about Clinton aide’s emails wasn’t true
It’s not clear what led Comey to offer such an exaggerated number during his testimony in front of the Senate judiciary committee. It could have been a simple error, the result of hours of questioning that was largely adversarial from senators in both parties.
In truth, it doesn’t really matter why Comey screwed up — even if the honest answer is that he had a brief mental lapse or got two figures confused in his head.

The Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Technology (MPTT) held a 3-day national consultative conference on telecommunications and technology in Mogadishu from 6th to 8th May 2017.

The conference, which was officially opened by the Prime Minister and closed by the Speaker of the Parliament, had more than 60 representatives from Office of President, Office of the Prime Minister, Minister, State Minister and Deputy Minister of Posts, Telecom and Technology, Parliamentary Committee on Information and Telecom, State Attorney General, Central Bank, and ministries in charge of telecommunications from federal states of Puntland, Southwest, Jubbaland, GalMudug, and HirShabelle, telecom and ISP operators, and university associations.

For Clinton and her allies, Comey’s mistake is further evidence of his botched handling of the investigation into her private email server and the role he played — wittingly or unwittingly — in shaping the 2016 election.
Clinton, in a conversation with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour last week, blamed Comey’s letter to members of Congress on October 28 — informing them that the Weiner-Abedin computer had been found and the investigation re-opened — for her loss at the hands of Donald Trump.
Clinton: I was on way to winning until Comey, Wikileaks
 Clinton: I was on way to winning until Comey, Wikileaks 02:37
“I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off,” Clinton said. “And the evidence for that intervening event is compelling, persuasive.”
Comey admitted in the Senate hearing that the decision on whether to inform Congress of the re-opened investigation or keep quiet until more could be known about the contents of the emails found on the Weiner-Abedin computer made him “mildly nauseous.”
Comey: 'Nauseous' over election thoughts

Comey: ‘Nauseous’ over election thoughts 01:57

But he went ahead with it anyway. And it turned out that the emails on that computer contained nothing new or revelatory. The FBI announced that on November 6, two days before the election.
That decision — and the impact it clearly had on the election — has been a very sore spot since November 8. This latest revelation — that Comey overstated the number of emails that Abedin forwarded to Weiner — will serve to grind salt into that still-raw wound.
And, more importantly, it will confirm for many Clinton loyalists that Comey knew exactly what he was doing when he sent that letter to Congress. That, contrary to Comey’s assertion that “I can’t consider for a second whose political fortunes will be affected in what way,” he was totally aware that re-opening the investigation would have a negative impact on Clinton. And that he did it anyway.

The conference, which was closed by the Speaker of the Parliament, shows the Ministry’s commitment to build confidence within stakeholders, exchange information and ideas through direct communication, and share Ministry’s annual plans for the sector.

RECOMMENDATIONS
After extensive discussions and exchanging views, the followings recommendations were made:

GENERAL ISSUES
1. The Ministry shall maintain close partnership with relevant state-level ministries through direct communications and by organizing similar meetings to help stakeholders share information, plans and build confidence among them. The next national conference is planned to be held in Jubbaland.
2. The Ministry shall strengthen the existing relations between the Federal Ministry and state-level ministries in charge of telecommunications by devolving the federal services through the states.
3. The Ministry shall take into consideration the needs of the state-level ministries in charge of telecommunications in the areas of telecommunications and technology.
4. The Ministry shall strengthen its partnership with telecom operators, ISPS and university associations for advancement of the sector.
5. The Ministry shall endeavor to promote and expand the services of Somalia’s top-level domain (dotSO) to all federal and state-level institutions.
6. State-level ministers in charge of telecom and technology underscored the need to review the World Bank-funded ICT Support Project so that it may reflect the priorities of the beneficiaries and have an effective impact on their institutions.

TELECOM AND INTERNET
7. The participants unanimously agreed the urgent need for sector to have the Telecommunications Act passed. The Act, once implemented, will address serious challenges the sector is currently facing in the areas of spectrum management, licensing, taxation, government-sector relations, etc.
8. The sector requests the Ministry to facilitate the establishment of a one-stop solution for all issues related to registration, licensing, taxation, etc.
9. The telecom operators and ISPs ask the Ministry to work with other government agencies in creating a conducive environment for sector, especially in their movements during emergency times.

TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION
10. The Ministry shall encourage the use of ICT in all government institutions in order to improve security, revenue collection, and other government services.
11. To promote the establishment of ICT vocational schools and encourage technology-based innovation amongst the youth to help them create more employment opportunities.
12. To enhance the capacity of civil servants in the use of ICT through re-launching of the National Institute for Telecom and Technology.
13. The Ministry shall work with the Ministry of Education in the incorporation of ICT in Somalia’s school curriculum so that children may embrace technology at an early stage.
14. The Ministry shall help education and research institutions in the promotion of ICT in education and in promoting ICT centres where students can access cost-effective ICT services.
15. Promote Somalia’s top-level domain, especially (.edu.so), within the education sector so that they can access specialized services for them.

Finally, the Conference expresses its gratitude to all the conference participants, especially to the chair and MPs from the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Telecom, the State Attorney General, ministers from state ministers of telecommunications, and intellectuals who shared their experiences with the ICT sector.

Lastly, the Minister for Posts, Telecom and Technology, H.E. Eng Abdi Ashur Hassan, extends his special gratitude to the president of the Federal Republic of Somalia, His Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed; Speaker of the Parliament, Hon. Mohamed Sheik Osman (Jawari); and H.E. Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister, who all expressed their support for the work that the Ministry is currently undertaking.

National Consultation Conference on ICT
Mogadishu May 8, 2017

The 5 Top Questions to the Somali People, Somali Lower & Upper Houses of Representatives, Office of the #Somalia's Most Corrupted Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre & Office of the Somalia's Most Corrupted President of #Somalia H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo for hiring ex- internationally reported corrupted people into his government.
1. How many ex- fired Somali #Foreign based #media #journalists wants to derail and misrepresent #Somalia's Media Outlets ? #Fact is fact.
2. Who is the real Executive of the #Union of Somali National Journalists "NUSOJ"? & Why are corrupted ex- failed Somali journalists mislead #people?
3. Who is the #Executive Director of #Somali Independent #Media #Outlets "SIMO"? How many Somali Media Outlets works in #Somalia?
4.  #Somali #Media #Empire (SME) is not supporting #foreign illegalities in #Somalia 4 #Media bribes, & #Somali #Media #Empire is #free #Media.
5.  How many illegal #foreign media outlets works in semi-autononous states & in #Somalia? Can corrupted foreign governments mislead us further?

Fact is Fact!

Somali Media Development Consultative meeting is launched in Mogadishu
Mogadishu 6 May 2017 ? The Ministry of Information of the Federal Government of Somalia has today the 6th of May 2017 launched in Mogadishu consultative meeting for the development of Somali media, the meeting will be going on for the next two days to come. The deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia His Excellence Mahdi Mohamed Guled (Khadar) has officially opened the meeting.

The consultative meeting is attended by the Information Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia His Excellence Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng: Yarisow), the deputy Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia His Excellence Abdurrahman Iidan Yunis, the Information Minister of Jubbaland State His Excellence Abdinur Ali Adan, His Excellence Abdifatah Ashkir Nur, Puntland State Minister, Dahir Farah Fidow, the deputy Information Minister of Galmudug State, Abdikarim Mohamed Diriye, the media leaders and representatives of the media fraternity. His Excellence Hassan Abdi Mohamed the Information Minister of Southwest State has joined the meeting at midday.

Somali Media Development Consultative meeting is focused on issues such as the strengthening of relations and cooperation between the federal level and the state level and private owned media; reviewing of the Media Law; review of the National Strategy of Somali Media; and the Strategies & plans of National Public Awareness Programs.

The deputy Prime Minister has appreciated the Ministry of Information for its role of organizing vital consultative meeting, which is good for the strengthening the cooperation ties between the national level and regional State level, and it is very significant to maintain such consultations.

His Excellence Engineer Yarisow the Information Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia has similarly appreciated the attendance of regional State Ministers, key stakeholders in the media, civil society groups, and appealed from them to strengthen the cooperation and the consultations between them.

Eng Yarisow has at length talked about the importance of public awareness, and the need for the participation of the entire Somali citizens.

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Ministry of Information

Somalia is well prepared for the forthcoming London Conference

Mogadishu 5 May 2017 ? Information Minister His Excellency Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow) has reported about the preparations for the London conference which is due to take place on the 11th of May 2017 in the UK, in particular at Lancaster House, the capital city of London.

Minister Eng. Yarisow talking about the preparation of the conference said "The Federal Government is fully prepared for the London conference which is co-chaired by Somalia, UK and the United Nations, and will be attended by the international community."

The Federal Government of Somalia spearheaded by the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia His Excellence Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo) will be attending the conference. The agenda of the conference will be issues such as, security, political, economic development in Somalia and the biting drought in the country.

Continuing his talk Minister Eng: Yarisow said "The government of Somalia has been in quite long-time engaged on how this conference should be a fruitful one, the assigned committee for the London conference has been having regular meetings with the officials of the government of UK, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Somalia?s diplomatic friends. The Federal Government has prepared security plans to enhance the capacity of the Somali National Army, so that in the near future they can take the security role in the county from the AMISOM troops?.

?Likewise the government has prepared the Public Financial Management of the country which can give full confidence to the International Community and the plan to prepare for the process of the democratization in the country, so that within these four years there will be one person one vote election in the country? added Eng: Yarisow

Eng. Yarisow has finally thanked UK for its leadership towards Somalia as this is the third of such international conference for Somalia. We cannot forget UK's leadership on galvanizing international efforts towards Somalia. I therefore appeal to Somali citizens to fully support the conference since it is a conference unlike previous conferences. In this conference the Somali government will table its plans in order for the international community to support us. The conference will be led and owned by Somalis, and will appeal its plans from the international support.

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For Immediate release

Mogadishu, May 5, 2017

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns in the strongest terms the arrest of a Somali journalist on Friday afternoon, May 5, 2017 in the town of Jowhar, the capital of Hirshabeelle regional state, located around 90 km North of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Ismail Abdulle Sabriye who works for London based Somali TV (Universal) was arrested by the police after receiving arrest order from Hirshabeelle President?s office.

Hirshabeelle Information Minster Mr Mahad Hassan Osman whom the National Union of Somali journalists talked on the phone to clarify the reason behind the detention of the journalist confirmed that Ismail was detained by the police after being accused that the journalist misinterpreted the remarks of President who held a press conference in Jowhar on Thursday, May 4 ,2017 after returning from Mogadishu.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms all violations and arrests against journalists without due process including the case of Ismail Abdulle and we call upon Hirshabeelle regional Administrations to release him unconditionally." Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists said, "We also call on all sides and regional states to respect the freedom of media f and freedom of expression which is currently still under.

National Union of Somali Journalists will closely follow up the arrest case and will definitely watch the 15 minutes long footage of Presidents? press conference on Thursday to find out more the accusations against the journalist.

This is the fourth arrest made by the administration since January 2017 . Feburay 26,2017 VOA journalist Hussien Hassan Dhaqane was arrested in Beledwein .

The Ministry of Information

 

The Federal Government of Somalia met international partners at a high level meeting today in Mogadishu to prepare for the 11 May 2017 London Conference on Somalia. 

The meeting presented senior FGS officials with an opportunity to share their policy priorities and discuss the basis for a high-level partnership agreement to be agreed in London between Somalia and its international partners.

This agreement will cover a range of issues, including a security pact; support for drought response and economic recovery; and political priorities including the constitutional review process and a democratization process leading to one-person, one-vote elections in 2020.

Participants praised the recent political agreement that was reached by the country’s top federal and state government leaders on a new architecture for Somalia’s national security forces. This agreement will provide the basis for the gradual transfer of lead responsibility for the country’s security to Somali security forces in the coming years.

“Today’s meeting was an important step towards reaching a high-level partnership agreement at the upcoming London Conference on Somalia.

The London Conference is a major opportunity to accelerate reform, strengthen the partnership between the international community and Somalia, and set out shared priorities for the coming years to help give the Somali people the future they deserve" said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating.

“The challenges facing the people of Somalia are formidable. They include effective response to the drought, creating jobs and building a more resilient economy, improving security and containing violence, and a process to resolve constitutional issues to ensure greater stability and a strong federal state.

The key to success is reconciliation among Somalis, as well as coherent and sustained support from the international community around Somali priorities.”

Next month’s London Conference on Somalia will be a unique opportunity to secure high-level international support for Somalia at a critical stage in its ongoing security, political and economic transition.

The UAE promises $45 million for the Somali people

Mogadishu, 23 April 2017 ? The United Arab Emirates ambassador to Somalia H.E. Mohamed Al-Othman, has paid courtesy call to the Ministry of Information and met with the Minister for Information H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow) in his office, the two officials talked about various issues.

Minister Eng. Yarisow has first and foremost thanked the ambassador for his courtesy call in the Ministry, and was taken round in the department of Somali National Television and the archives of Radio Mogadishu.

Likewise, the Minister has once again thanked the humanitarian efforts made by the UAE based on the drought rescue on which the UAE Red Crescent has been lately executing in Somalia, by donating food stuff to the drought affected people.

?My special thanks goes to the government and the people of the UAE for their donation promise which was made six hours live via the UAE TVs on Friday the 21st of April, and in this six hours 167 dirham was collected and if converted into US $ will be $45 million. This shows that the UAE is unflagging brother that feels the pain of the Somali people. Somali National Television has succeeded in airing live the contribution in the UAE to the Somali people.? Said Eng. Yarisow.

In addition to that the Minister and the ambassador have discussed about the modernisation the national media, in particular upgrading the capacity of the Somali journalists, such as their skills and their experiences.

UK takes leadership role to campaign for Somalia in international level, says Eng. Yarisow


Mogadishu, 23 April 2017 ? The Minister for Information of the Federal Government of Somalia H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman [Eng: Yarisow] has on Saturday had lengthy meeting with the UK ambassador to Somalia H.E. David Concar.

The two officials discussed about, the development of the media, the forthcoming London conference which is due to take place on the 11th of May 2017 and some other issues.

Minister Yarisow has sincerely thanked the ambassador on behalf of the government of UK?s international leadership role campaign for the support of making Somalia and the implantation of Good Governance.

?The United Kingdom has taken international leadership role, so that the international countries can turn their eyes for the support of Somalia, and likewise the United Kingdom has been in past years doing campaign in the United Nations Security Council which has passed a number of resolutions to support Somalia in different sectors? said Minister Yarisow.

The UK ambassador to Somalia H.E. David Concar has underlined the important role of the media towards the development and the stability of Somalia.

Ambassador Concar has promised that the government of UK is and will stand shoulder to shoulder the Federal Government of Somalia and its citizens at this tense situation, in particular the development of the media.

Eventually Minister Yarisow has shared with the ambassador the plans and the policies of the Ministry of Information, in which the Ministry is intending to develop the media and the support of the local journalists, so as they execute their duties in a skilful manner, and transmit the development of the country to the public.

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The Ministry of Information and Public awareness
Five Top Questions to the Current Leaders of the Somali Federal Government:- Answers must be clear!
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#Somalia's #President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo signed secrets in the #U.A.E. & in the United Kingdom of #SaudiArabia.Why are you hiding #deals?
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Why the U.A.E. wants 2 #control Berbera Port & establish #military #base in Berbera, #Somalia without #Somalia's #Parliament approval? #Fact
3
How many foreign illegal forces & NGOs are operating in #Somalia illegally? Who gave them permission to operate in #Somalia? #Fact is Fact!
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How many Ex- #Somali #Shabab #terrorists are working at the #Somalia #Immigration & Nationality #Directorate? #Fact is fact
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Who looted #Somalia's Public #Broadcasting into private owners? Why is #Somalia's #Parliament not discussing real looted #public #assets


Somalia Statement on Turkey's referendum on Sunday

17 April 2017, Mogadishu, Somalia - The Government and People of the Federal Republic of Somalia congratulate the Turkish Government and People on the positive outcome of Sunday?s referendum on their future political governance. We congratulate H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on the referendum success which he led for a stronger and even more prosperous Turkey. We are confident under his proven leadership Turkey will continue to progress and prosper.

Turkey is a valuable ally, friend and supporter of Somalia with whom we seek to strengthen our bilateral ties even further. The Government and People of Somalia wish the greatest of success, progress and prosperity for Turkey and its brotherly people who have chosen a new path of governance.

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Ministry of Information

Federal Republic of Somalia
Communique on the National Consultative Forum of National & Regional Leaders

April 15 -16, 2017, ?Mogadishu - The national and regional level leaders of the Federal Government of Somalia held a National Consultative Forum in Mogadishu from the 15-16 of April 2017.

The forum was presided over by the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, and was attended by the Speaker of the National Assembly, H.E. Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari, the Prime Minister, H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre, the president of Puntland State, H.E. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, the President of Jubbaland State, HE Ahmed Mohamed Islaam, the President of Southwest State, HE Shariff Hassan Sheikh Aden, the President of Hirshabelle State, H.E. Ali Abdullah Osoble and the deputy President of Galmudug State, who is also the Acting President H.E. Mohamed Hashi Abdi.

In the forum the issues discussed were the biting drought in the country, reforming of the different elements of the national security agencies, combating with those who refuse peace and all other international terrorist groups, the political scenario in the country, enriching the economy, the development of the economic infrastructure and strengthening the relations between the central government and the Regional States.

1. The President expressed concern over the deteriorating situation of the drought, which has affected the lives of many people and livestock and caused extensive displacement.
2. The leaders collectively appreciated the rescue efforts spearheaded by Somali citizens, both in national and international levels and as well the international community.
3. The leaders recognize the urgent need for strengthening the efforts to save the lives of the needy, and have agreed upon that a clear plan to avoid repeated drought is needed.
4. The leaders expressed positive anticipation regarding the political process in the country and the collaboration between the national and the Regional States leaders
5. The leaders giving consideration bringing peace to the country through reconciliation and they encouraged the talks between Galmudug State and Ahlu-Sunna-Waljama
6. The leaders agreed upon the of the National Security Policy and the guidelines to follow on its implantation: this will be spearheaded by the National Security Council.
7. The leaders approved the new structure of the National Security Council, which is chaired by the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
8. The leaders likewise agreed upon that there should be Regional State level security councils, which will be chaired the Regional State leaders.
9. The leaders agreed that there should urgent plan for joint security forces operations to reopen key roads, thus ensuring aid can reach to the drought affected people.
10. The leaders have agreed upon that the plan for the election process in the year 2020, and that it should be started soon and accelerated.
11. The leaders agreed on enhancing the country?s economy, income, job creation, encouraging investment and trade and as well the development of the country?s economic infrastructure.
12. The leaders have also agreed upon that special consideration should be given to the fight against corruption and there should be a modern, standard way of eradicating it.
13. The leaders endorsed the National Development Plan and its priorities, and said that there should be statistics and a new Partnership Agreement.
14. The leaders are hoping that the international community will support their decisions and the plans, which the Somali government has decided are its priorities.
15. Finally the leaders expressed their appreciation for the constant support of the international community to the Somali citizens.

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Ministry of Information & Public Awareness


 
Media captionPresident Trump: “We’ve had a long discussion already and so far I have gotten nothing!”

US President Donald Trump has welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to his Florida resort for their first summit.

Mr Trump said the two men had “developed a friendship” as they sat for dinner at his Mar-a-Lago retreat.

The American leader is expected to press his counterpart for action on North Korea, and Mr Xi to seek assurances on Taiwan.

Mr Trump has said the summit “will be a very difficult one”. Last year he accused China of “raping the US”.

During the election campaign, he said massive trade deficits and job losses could no longer be tolerated. But at dinner on Thursday, it was all smiles, with the leaders’ two wives, folk singer Peng Liyuan and First Lady Melania Trump also in attendance.

The meeting was, however, largely overshadowed later by a US airstrike on an airbase in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack.

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All eyes will be on the body language between the two leaders – one a softly spoken Communist Party apparatchik and the other a brash Manhattan property tycoon.

Despite his tough campaign talk, Mr Trump has so far not followed through on his threat to formally brand China a “currency manipulator”, nor to hit Chinese imports with punitive tariffs.

The Republican president’s blue-collar supporters will hope he can translate his China-bashing election rhetoric into concrete gains for American manufacturing workers.

One of the most urgent issues for the US is North Korea, which is trying to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the west coast of the US with a nuclear device.

It fired a medium-range missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, the latest in a series of launches.

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Although Beijing has condemned this and previous missile tests, it has so far been reluctant to isolate its neighbour, fearing its collapse could spawn a refugee crisis and bring the US military to its doorstep.

Mr Trump is expected to call on Mr Xi to arm-twist North Korea into halting its nuclear programme by denying it access to banking institutions.

The US president told the Financial Times this week he was prepared to act unilaterally, saying: “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.”

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A senior White House official said Pyongyang would be a key test for the Trump-Xi relationship.

“The clock is very, very quickly running out,” the official said. “All options are on the table for us.”

For his part, Mr Xi will seek assurances from Mr Trump on US arms sales to Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway province that must eventually reunify with the mainland.

Mr Trump outraged China in December when he took the unorthodox step of accepting a phone call from the Taiwanese president.

But the US president later agreed to respect the “one China” policy in a telephone call with President Xi in February.

Climate change, which Mr Trump once dismissed as a Chinese hoax, and Beijing’s building of artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, could also come up.

Some protesters lined the streets on Thursday to voice their opposition to China’s policy in the South China Sea.

Mr Xi’s visit will conclude with a working lunch on Friday.

But there is unlikely to be any golf on the agenda. While Mr Trump is fond of hitting the fairway, Mr Xi’s administration has cracked down on the sport in an anti-corruption drive

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MOSCOW, April 7. /TASS/. The US missile strike against Syria’s facilities was an act of aggression and impairs both Russian-US relations and the key goal of fighting international terrorism, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday citing the opinion of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Putin considers the US strikes against Syria an act of aggression against a sovereign country violating the norms of international law, and under a trumped-up pretext at that,” Peskov stressed. He noted that the Syrian army has no stockpiles of chemical weapons. “The fact that all Syrian armed forces’ chemical weapons stockpiles were eliminated was registered and confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a specialized UN unit,” he highlighted.

“Putin believes that the total disregard for the use of chemical weapons by terrorists only exacerbates the situation significantly,” Peskov went on to say. “Putin also sees the strikes on Syria by the US as an attempt to divert the attention of the international community from numerous civilian casualties in Iraq.”

“Washington’s move substantially impairs Russian-US relations, which are in a deplorable state as it is,” Peskov emphasized.

“And, most importantly, Putin believes that this step does not bring us closer to the ultimate goal in the fight against international terrorism. On the contrary, it creates serious obstacles to efforts in forging an international coalition to fight against it and effectively counter this global evil. By the way, US President Donald Trump proclaimed this as one of the key objectives during his election campaign,” the Kremlin spokesman explained.

The US military fired at least 50 cruise missiles at a military base of the Syrian government forces in the Homs province last night. The missile strike comes in response to what Washington believes was the Syrian government’s use of banned chemical weapons in the province of Idlib. The Tomahawk cruise missiles were intended for a single target – an airfield in the Homs province from which, according to the US intelligence data, the alleged chemical attack was launched.

US President Donald Trump confirmed that he had given the order to carry out the strike.

Eng. Yarisow "Somali Government is committed to National Security and the fight against terrorism, corruption and Poverty."

Mogadishu, 07 April 2017 – Somali Minister of Information Eng. Yarisow said the Federal Government of Somalia has taken major steps designed to bring peace back to Somalia by getting rid of terrorism with the assistance of Somali people. Somalia is ready to intensify the fight against Terrorism, Corruption and Poverty.

The president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has yesterday 06 April 2017 declared war on al-Shabaab (aS) by announcing that Somalia is in a state of war with terror groups in Somalia while asking Somali people to stand side by side with the national army and security forces.

“I declare that Somalia is in a state of war. It will not be a war from one front. We’ve ordered the national army to get ready for waging this war to bringing peace back to Somalia. The second front will be waged by the Somali people whom we call upon assisting the army” declared Somali President.

President Farmajo offered amnesty and promised Somali government will take care those young people who denounce aS and its unlawful activities: “The government welcomes with open hand those young former al-Shabab members and will offer them full amnesty by also extending them education, create jobs. We call upon you to leave the rogue ideas of aS, the terrorist group as soon as possible. We give you an ultimatum of 60 days.”

The Somali government is engaged in a war with three fronts such as Terrorism, Corruption and Poverty. It has yesterday replaced all commanders of security institutions. This change of security chiefs is a way to redouble the efforts of bringing peace and stability in the country.

The President and the PM promised to prioritize security and yesterday's changes are part of the overall security reforms.

Somali government is fully committed to engage with the Somali public of all walks of life such as the Youth, Elders, Religious leaders and Women. As part of this, the Ministry of Information and Public Awareness is tasked to work with Somali people in maintaining the trust between the government and the public.

The Minister of Information and Public Awareness H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow) said “the Somali people are the backbone of success for the government’s attempts to fight terrorism, corruption and poverty. My ministry will give priority to these areas of importance and call upon the Somali people to work with the government specially the youth to be part of this three front war. The Ministry of Information is open to the public and extremely happy to take its role in increasing the public awareness of government operations.”

It is time for Somali people to take stock of this government commitment and maintain their momentum in their support for Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo which they gave during his election as the President of the Federal Government of Somalia.

Somalia will be better and be stabilized to reach self-sufficient in a limited time with the cooperation of the Somali people.

Somalia belongs to Somalia.
ENDS

Ministry of Information & Public Awareness
Federal Republic of Somalia
media@moi.gov.so or ali sidiqfaarax@gmail.com

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February 2017

 


Mogadishu on Wednesday March 29, 2017 The Somali MP's were persuaded to abandon the petition which was filed by 105 MPS early this week. Fortunately Somali Members of Parliament approved the new cabinet by 214 votes out of 275 MPS only 15 rejected to vote.

The Cabinet was sworn into office immediately after the vote by the Supreme Court. Now, they can legally take up office and begin their work in a


February 2017

 


Mogadishu on Thursday, February 9, 2017

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THE BEST EDUCATED INTELIGENCE COMMANDER OF SOMALIA & THE WORLD AT LARGE
All Somali Top Commanders and Somali Cyber Security Teams salutes & congratulates to our Ex- Chief of the Command Alpha General Dr. Badal Kariye who stopped foreigners and traitors to manage or control Somalia's internal & external interests.

We, all the Somalia's Top Commanders & Somali Cyber Security Teams hereby officially wish all the best to Ex- Chief of the Command Alpha Ambassador Dr. Badal Kariye who resigned from his official public service after defeating Somalia's internal and external enemies on Wednesday February 08, 2017 .
It is true that Ex- Chief of the Command Alpha Ambassador Dr. Badal Kariye had completed his security studies at various well-known governmental military colleges and academies including the Inter-American Defense College, Swiss Federal Institute, German, Italy and Somalia.

Adding to his security studies, he is PhD holder and he speaks 19 languages as well as being internationally well-known Somali writer of 104 books, investigative journalist, businessman and diplomat.

To reach or contact him please you can use his web based email from this website: www.badalkariye.com/

Somalia is back on track, and we would like to thank all those who sacrificed their lives to defend the common interests of the Somali people and the Republic of Somalia.


Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Acting Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 8, 2017


The United States congratulates the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their national electoral process. We congratulate Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on his selection as the next President of the Federal Government of Somalia and look forward to working closely with him and a new government. We commend the Somali Security Forces and the African Union Mission in Somalia for their efforts over the past six months to allow the electoral process to unfold in a relatively safe and secure environment.

This transition represents an important step forward for the country. We commend the thousands of Somalis from across the country, including youth and women, who were able to vote in greater numbers than in the 2012 elections, but regret the numerous credible reports of irregularities in the electoral process. We encourage Somalia’s new administration to take credible steps to stamp out corruption and to establish strong electoral institutions to enable a free and fair one person one vote poll in 2020.

The United States looks forward to the timely formation of a new government, and to working in partnership with the President and new government to advance reconciliation, drought relief, security, and build the strong institutions to deliver good governance and development for the Somali people.


Boris Johnson president congratulates Farmajo

— Press release

The Foreign Secretary congratulates President Farmajo on his victory in the Somali presidential elections

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson looks forward to meeting newly elected Somali President and working with him on shared priorities.