Jamal Osman’s imaginations
I was really shocked to have read the article of Jamal Osman titled (Somali journalists are dying from corruption as much as conflict) in which he admitted that Somalia is a very dangerous site to be a journalist but he also humiliated and tarnished the names those who took the risk to deliver news to the people of Somalia because we all know that News is needed as much as food ‘War helaa, talo hela ‘.
The fourth paragraph of Jamal’s article explains that Journalists in Somalia who work for ‘Government owned radio stations and pro-government media are e seen as “soldiers” by opposition groups such as al-Shabaab,’ here Jamal Osman was not cautious about the people who offered him this kind of information I’m personally concerned over misleading the audience which extends to some everyday journalistic practices like that of Jamal Osman.
He clearly stated that ‘the majority of journalists killed in Somalia are murdered as the result of a grudge’ from where did you get that information my colleague? There are many of my friends who were killed ‘may Allah take them to paradise all ‘they were given a phone call before they died and amazingly they were told to quit being in a journalist that advocated for the Christians or the what they call Kufar which indeed means the Somali government, everybody with a clear brain can understand who killed 90% of the journalists killed in Somalia
I would like to ask Jamal, if he ever did an analyses on the journalists killed in Somalia?
Recently there was an attack to a restaurant where journalists come together and have coffee; a ridiculous, brain-washed man exploded himself just to kill the journalists does that mean the four journalists who died there in the same day are they murdered as a result of a grudge?
Its true and nobody can deny that Sharur has a great influence of the media in Somalia but ‘who should be blamed for the consequence’? Journalist, the media owners, or the news maker themselves?, Jamal never did an analyses but went ahead recklessly and blamed everything to journalists , The same journalists who took the risk to deliver news to the war-torn community
Let us see this statement I quoted from Jamal’s Un-disciplined article ‘Locals in Mogadishu describe two types of militia: those with guns and those with cameras.’ For those who didn’t understood, it clearly means that in Mogadishu there are two types of militia, 1- The militia with Guns and 2- The militia with camera I.e. Journalists, this is a shameful things for a journalist to say.
Clan loyalty is a state whereby a public figure is too much loyal to a particular clan or tribe within a community, favoring for them.
Jamal Osman accused the Somali journalists that they support a certain warlords from their clan, I am asking him ‘ why can’t you demonstrate just an example of a professional Somali journalist or media group supporting particular clan? Do you know any radio station in Somalia saying hello and this is radio of ‘Clan X or Y ‘?
Advice to Jamal
The willingness to admit mistakes is another part of the drive to be accurate. He should admit that he was influenced by his beliefs and political support to some groups in Somalia and make corrections over what he published on Thursday 11 October because journalists will be judged on the accuracy and reliability of the stories he/she produces when you are writing an article like that you must be well-sourced, supported by strong evidence, examined and tested, clear and unambiguous.
If Jamal Osman is a shamed of being Somali journalist, I am proud of it
Sayidali Yasin Sheik | Sayidcali13@gmail.com | Nairobi-kenya
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