Somali journalists win award

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUOSJ) received an award from the fifth assembly of World Movement for Democracy (WMD) in Kiev, Ukraine today. In what is turning out to be something of a media awards week the NUSOJ were presented with the Democracy Courage Tribute on behalf of all Somali Journalists. NUSOJ Secretary General Omar Faruk Osman gave an impassioned speech upon receiving the award,

“This tribute comes at a crucial moment for press freedom, human rights and transitional democratization process in Somalia – a time when death threats, arrests, killings, fears of arrest and intimidations of media professionals are alarmingly common in our country… In recognition of our members’ unfailing courage and selflessness in the pursuit of their duty to serve the public, we are proud to accept Democracy Courage Tribute of the World Movement for Democracy on behalf of Independent journalists in Somalia” he said in accepting the tribute.” link