National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) was set up in August 2002
as an association called Somali Journalists Network (SOJON) to promote
and protect freedom of the press and the interests of journalists after
the former Transitional National Government of Somalia (TNG) prepared
and approved a repressive media law in Mogadishu.
order to effectively fight for journalists’ pay and conditions, their
working rights and their professional freedom, the members of the
organization in their 2005 General Assembly in Mogadishu resolved to
transform the organization from an Association to a Labor Union with a
new Name: the National Union of Somali Journalists. The organization was
formally dedicated for the purpose of serving the member journalists’
interests and needs with respect to journalists’ rights, press freedom
and working conditions.
National Union of Somali Journalists is a national labor union
representing over 525 of Somalia’s 700 journalists, who established or
joined the union in order to uphold and defend their interests, needs
and rights cooperatively and deal with employers, authorities and other
sectors in the society collectively.
is a fervent champion for media freedom, the rights of journalists,
workers’ rights and for social justice in Somalia. Member journalists
work across the whole industry as reporters, editors and sub-editors and
photographers. Members work in broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, and
in the new media (news NUSOJ websites). NUSOJ members are professionals
who are proud of the work that NUSOJ does. Its members come from many
different families and backgrounds, with widely different regions.
union systematically monitors and conducts investigations into
violations of press freedom and human rights of journalists. NUSOJ
provides accurate, prompt and impartial information concerning attacks
on journalists such as killings, arrests, death threats and harassments,
as well as acts of aggression against media organizations. NUSOJ
generates and rallies a national and global community of press freedom
defenders to take effective action against press freedom violations.
provides a constant stream of information to the local media, foreign
press, local authorities, members of international community,
inter-governmental organizations and the United Nations, urging them to
take action where press freedom infringements are happening. NUSOJ
monitors and investigate cases of violations objectively and
independently. NUSOJ ensures national coverage on press freedom and
labor issues. NUSOJ organizes national acts of solidarity with
victimized journalists, media professionals at risk or the families of
lobbies at various levels, targeting local media, local authorities,
government and the international community, calling for them to respect,
protect and promote media freedom, journalists’ rights and to improve
unfair policies and programs. NUSOJ creates a clear position on issues
of concern, not only to its members, but to all concerned groups who are
interested or involved in what NUSOJ stands for.
part of the union’s commitment to promote high standards in media and
journalism, NUSOJ strengthens the professional competence and ethical
standards of both established journalists and new entrants in order for
them to be qualified journalists adhering to high professional
standards. NUSOJ has organised and continue to arrange workshops,
seminars, roundtables and debates on the profession with the ultimate
aim of strengthening the freedom of opinion and the freedom of the press
and thus improving the conditions for democratization, peace building,
reconciliation and social and economic development in Somalia.
defend and broaden the freedom of the Press, which is the freedom to
gather information, the freedom to impart information and the freedom of
opinion without meddling.
- To preserve and support trade union principles.
- To represent journalists in all places where topics relating to the profession are in discussions.
- To normalize and develop relationships involving the employees and employers.
negotiate and support the agreements of disagreements arising between
employees and employers by pacification, mediation or otherwise
safeguard the interest of the members.
- To strive and seek out services for members to obtain skills training.
protection and development of freedom of expression and democracy to
enable the citizens to express their feelings liberally at any time.
- To move up the importance of journalism in the society by implementing a professional code of ethics.
- To promote a courage of cooperation and unity among Somali journalists.
- The protection and backing of public justice, civil liberty and peace.
- The elimination of favouritism on the basis of clan, gender or disability.
- To protect and promote the rights of freelance journalists.
- To defend the common interest of the nation and the coexistence of the Somali people.
promote the rights of women journalists and not to discriminate them in
the media, and to guarantee their appearance in all structures of the
was founded and is governed by its member journalists. It is a
democratic union, and its strength comes from the involvement and
engagement of all its members. It is possible for all members to
influence policy. The Union’s policy, objectives and priorities are
decided at the General Assembly, which meets once in every three years.
Six Branches of the union are entitled to send delegates to the General
Assembly in proportion to the size of their membership.
and programs developed by the elected members are implemented and
administered by the National Secretariat. Supreme Council, responsible
for the general policies between General Assemblies, and an Executive
Committee, in charge for the administration of the Union, govern NUSOJ.
The diversity of the union’s membership also is one of its strengths.
NUSOJ is pitilessly opposed to discrimination and prejudice, on grounds
of gender, tribe/clan, age or disability, not least because it divides
rather than unites.
National Union of Somali Journalists is an active member of the Eastern
Africa Journalists Association (EAJA). Internationally, NUSOJ is a full
affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). It is
affiliated to the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX)
and is the Somali partner organization of Reporters without Borders