Somalia might be at a turning point, with prospects of changing a political and humanitarian crisis for peace, stability and development. However, the situation is fragile and Somalia is still considered a failed state and one of the most dangerous countries in the world.
In this context a free, independent and professional media is highly relevant to the Somali citizens. Not least from a peace building perspective as media has the potential both to incite and fuel conflict, and to defuse and contribute to resolving conflict.
2013 Fojo supported Puntland to develop its first media law that was passed by the cabinet.
Fojo also drafted a Code of Conduct for elections reporting together with the Media Association of Puntland (MAP).
Based on the experiences from Puntland Fojo and its partner International Media Support (IMS) are preparing for a broad media development programme in Somalia. The programme will be implemeneted in close partnership with Somali media and addresses the challenges of the sector in three focus areas: Media freedom, Media independence and Journalistic quality.