Journalism at a Crossroads: Highlights from the 2015 World Press Freedom Day celebrations

On May 3 and 4, I attended the World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Riga, Latvia. Co-hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the theme of this year’s event was “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality & Media Safety in the Digital Age.”

After Americo’s piece, a flood of marriage proposals

If anyone ever told me that writing a 5000-word piece would get me hitched, I would never have believed him or her. Yet, that almost happened in late April after my profile piece about Mohamed Ali Nur Americo, Somalia’s former ambassador to Kenya, was published on SAHAN JOURNAL. The piece recounted the time Americo spent… Continue reading…

Living in Limbo, Exiled Ethiopian Journalists in Nairobi Tell Their Struggle

NAIROBI, Kenya — Mastewal Birhanu thinks about the day he fled the city of his childhood. Even though he had made his mind to leave Ethiopia for Kenya, the thought of questioning and imprisonment at the airport agitated him. When he was finally through with immigration and sat in his seat in the plane, he… Continue reading…

12 Years in Somali Prison: The Forgotten Senegalese Prisoner

Abdullahi Jama, 60, is a Somali professional who lives in the US city of Seattle. He is a man of medium height who has legal training. Jama speaks Italian, English, Russian, and, of course, Somali fluently. He is a walking encyclopedia having witnessed the historical events of Somalia. He was born in the 1950s in… Continue reading…

In ‘Draconian’ Bill, a Room to Improve Kenyan Media

On Thursday evening, 28 lawmakers at Kenya’s parliament sat at the chambers of the National Assembly to vote for a bill that would change how journalism is practiced in the country. But those 28 lawmakers needed the votes of at least 22 of their colleagues to pass amendments to the Kenya Information and Communications Bill…. Continue reading…

By Committing Journalism Sin, Kenyan Media Threatens to Lose Public Trust

The influential American publisher, Henry Luce, once said: “I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.” That statement captures the essence of journalism. The relationship the media creates by connecting masses of people, minute by minute, to the issues that matter in their daily lives, is invaluable… Continue reading…

Jeffrey Gettleman and Western Media’s Narrow View of Africa

Many foreign writers on Africa are guilty of two extremes – condescension and too much praise, with the former being more dominant. It is easy to see why it is so much simpler to be disdainful. Arrogance does not require mental application. In fact, it shows a certain degree of laziness. All one has to… Continue reading…

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