Running from 3rd to 4th July, the 4th General Assembly is the NUSOJ’s supreme decision making event, at which delegates elected by members from six union branches set the agenda for the next three years and elect its supreme council, executive committee, president, vice presidents and secretary general.
The General Assembly is an integral part of NUSOJ and the tool that ensures it is fully democratic and accountable. It brings together representatives of the journalists who keep the Somali people and outside informed. It gives union members a voice and the mandate to decide how the union will struggle, build and its members will campaign together for the next three years and beyond.
NUSOJ Supreme Council President Abdirisak Omar Ismail, speaking at the opening, explained: "The theme of this General Assembly is our safety and our rights. This is the place where our members through their union challenge lack of safety for our members and violations of our fundamental rights, take on oppressive forces, and show resilience.”
At the opening session, there was fighting talk from NUSOJ Secretary General Omar Faruk Osman who said: "Together we are the largest democratic force in the Somali media industry.”
NUSOJ Secretary General explained "Holding the General Assembly in Puntland demonstrates how truly national we are and must continue to become a real reflection of the demographics and challenges of all NUSOJ members. The presence of the NUSOJ holding its highest decision making meeting here must be viewed as concrete expression of solidarity to our colleagues in Galkayo as this is the second most dangerous place in which to be a journalist in Somalia”.
Speaker after speaker delivered messages of protest, creativity and enthusiasm for the struggles ahead, which NUSOJ members will be recommitting their union as a campaigning and militant trade union.
"It must also be understood as a clear message to government authority that NUSOJ will not tolerate the blatant violation of human and trade union rights, including when government disbands our meeting through security forces. Thank you to our members in Puntland who stood up to host their colleagues from the rest of country without fear of disturbance or threat to their freedom of assembly in order to exercise internal democracy of their trade union” declared Osman.
Delegates were received by the mayor of Galkayo, Mr. Abdiasis Jama Nugal, who stressed how Galkayo is proud to host the 4th General Assembly of NUSOJ and encouraged delegates from 12 regions of Somalia to feel at home.
Acting Governor of Mudug Region, Ahmed Musse Nur, cordially embraced the General Assembly and expressed how contented they are to do everything in their power to host journalists’ leaders and activists from twelve regions of Somalia.
Prominent civil society leader, Madame Aisha Ghele Diriye, addressed the General Assembly and commended the resilience of Somalia and NUSOJ. "You are not only standing up for your rights but your crusade for justice and rights is also moving us, and I’m here to express our full support and solidarity. You cannot be intimidated. You must enjoy your freedoms in full,” Aisha said.
The 66 constitutionally mandated number of delegates of the General Assembly came from Somalia main town such Bossasso, Garowe, Las Anod, Buhodle, Beledweyne, Jowhar, Adado, Dhusamareb, Mogadishu, Kismayo, Baidoa, Wajid and Bardhere. Somali parliamentarians are attending the General Assembly.
This is the second time NUSOJ General Assembly takes place out Mogadishu. In 2006, the assembly was in Baidoa.
Far-Right Dutch MP Geert Wilders FAILS to make inroads in general election and accuses victorious PM of treating his populist supporters like 'semi-Nazis' as Merkel and co celebrate Full Article
Deadly attacks on reporters and their news outlets as well as a government campaign of repression under a new media law marked 2016 in Somalia, reinforcing a dangerous climate of impunity toward the news media, says the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ). Full Article
Somali authorities, both at Federal and State levels, must take responsibility for ending the growing threat to journalist safety, avowed speakers at today's roundtable discussions on Safety of Journalists and Impunity of Crimes Committed against Journalists, organized by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) in Mogadishu to mark the 2016 International Day to End Impunity of Crimes Against Journalists. Full Article
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly condemns the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) for its unsubstantiated and irresponsible statement issued on 17 October 2016, over the arrest and detention of Vice President of our union, NUSOJ, Abdi Adan Guled. Full Article
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has today demanded the immediate release of a journalists' leader Abdi Adan Guled who was arrested last night by the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) at his workplace, and the union says the action is the latest in a series of hostile incidents that are putting the country's journalists increasingly at risk. Full Article
Galmudug regional state of Somalia is mobilizing its armies in Mogadishu, Hiiraan and Mudug amid tensions between Puntland and Galmudug following U.S Arial bombardments killed scores of Somali Soldiers at Jeehdin Village in Mudug region. Full Article
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) today called on the Federal Government of Somalia to accept and implement without delay the conclusions and recommendations of the UN report on freedom of expression situation in Somalia. Full Article
The Executive Committee of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) wishes to publicly denounce the unscrupulous act of the Minister of Information of the Federal Government of Somalia, Mohamed Abdi Hayir, who interfered, manipulated and conspired with new chief justice of Somalia, Ibrahim Idle Suleban, from 18th to 20th July 2016 in order to secure a letter on NUSOJ. Full Article
The fourth General Assembly of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) elected yesterday a new leadership. The 66 delegates representing 658 union members in six branches heard presentations from 18 candidates vying for the 13 seats on the union's two leadership bodies – the Supreme Council and Executive Committee. Full Article
Allaha u naxariistee Abaan Duulihii hore Ciidanka Xoogga Dalka, General C/kariin Yuusuf Aadan (Dhega-badan), ayaa waxaa uu laba sano ka hor sheegay inaanay Shabaabku kala jecleen dadka Somaliyeed, isla-markaana ay u dilayan si aan kala sooc lahayn. Full Article
MP Duhulow undermining the Somali PM credibility ?
Waagacusub.net - Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo who was elected by Somali parliament after vote buying is becoming "master of showoff" who ignores the reality on the ground.
Waagacusub.net - The Somali president made huge promises based on emotional patriotism that could not be fulfilled by clannish element like him.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has strongly condemned a court verdict against independent journalist Abdimalik Muse Oldon in Somaliland's capital Hargeisa who was today sentenced to two (2) years of prison.
MP Duhulow undermining the Somali PM credibility ? Full Article
Somali president is overrated by con artists ' Full Article
Waagacusub.net - Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo who was elected by Somali parliament after vote buying is becoming "master of showoff" who ignores the reality on the ground. Full Article
April 11, 2017: The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) joins its member, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) to strongly condemn the sentencing of independent journalist, Abdimalik Muse Oldon to two years in prison by the Marodi Jeeh Regional Court in Somaliland's capital Hargeisa. Full Article
Waagacusub.net - The Somali president made huge promises based on emotional patriotism that could not be fulfilled by clannish element like him. Full Article
Ethiopian foreign policy and the Ogaden War: the shift from "containment" to "destabilization," 1977–1991 Full Article
The most Ethiopian corrupt military officer who is called Haile Gabre known by Somalis as General Gabre becoming extremely wealthy from the huge sums of money that he is getting from opportunistic Somali politicians who want to buy the sympathy of Addis Ababa, one of his juniors told Waagacusub anonymously. Full Article
Sunatimes.com - The vast majority of the Somali people were dismayed by the selection of Abshir Mohamed Bukhari who is well known for his radical views and unlimited support for the terrorist group Al-Shabab, a Somali based terror group that have links to Al-Qaeda and newly founded ISIS. Full Article
The so-called Islamic State received some modest good news recently from Somalia, in what has otherwise been a dismal stretch of losses for the jihadi group. In October Full Article
UNHCR Special Envoy Mohamed Abdi Affey (second, right) listens to a Somali refugee in Dadaab, Kenya, who has opted to return home under a voluntary repatriation programme. Photo: UNHCR/Modesta Ndubi Full Article