Puntland Community Broadcasters' Training
Somalia's plight is reflected in its media: undeveloped, fragmented and often partisan, poorly resourced, professionally and technically inadequate and operating in an atmosphere hostile to free expression and often dangerous. In spite of this, diverse and more professional media outlets have emerged in recent years, in particular FM radio stations with no explicit factional links. The TV and press sectors are weak and radio is the dominant medium. Radio Galkayo depends on its dedicated volunteer staff with very limited financial and capacity-building support. The lack of staff training on basic journalism, report writing, human rights, conflict analysis skills and institutional management capacity hindered the radio to develop professional and proper ethical broadcasting. The two FM and short-wave transmitters with very low transmission power donated by the Somali Diaspora and the scarce financial contributions from Puntland administration and Somali communities mean that many of its awareness-raising programmes on peace-building, reconciliation, human rights and protection of marginalised and vulnerable groups fail to reach a number of communities, especially those living in nearby villages and rural areas. This project aims at providing professional training, with the support of the Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC), to Somali community radio journalists to improve their capacity to report in a conflict environment. It intends to contribute to development objectives by encouraging the establishment of a long and lasting peace in Somalia and developing education programmes free of any political or religious implication; encouraging democracy and the establishment of good governance; and improving and empowering human rights and the freedom of speech. Key project outputs include training for 20 Somali journalists in advance reporting and broadcast skills training provided by RNTC.