British Embassy Launches Somali Journalism Prize



To celebrate World Press Freedom Day and the ‘Global Conference for Media Freedom’ (#DefendMediaFreedom), to be hosted by the Governments of the United Kingdom and Canada in July 2019, The British Embassy Mogadishu announces the launch of Young Somali Voices journalism prize (YSV).

In a statement on Tuesday, the UK Embassy said the new journalism prize is one example of UK support to the media in Somalia.

“The UK is supporting media mentorship on issues including democracy and accountability as part of our £3 million programme on civic engagement in Somalia, with the aim of empowering citizens to raise their voices on political issues and increase inclusion,” the statement adds “We have also supported the media faculty at Hargeisa University.”

World Press Freedom Day is officially recognised on the 3rd of May each year. The day presents a vital opportunity to focus attention on the challenges and opportunities faced by Journalists around the world and to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom.

The Award

The Somali Journalism Prize seeks a short videos and photographs from media students and early career journalists based in Somalia including which demonstrate a positive, original and unique story about Somalia.

Ambassador Fender (centre) and Somali Journalists Union leader, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu. The Somali Journalism Prize was announced during Word Press Freedom Day event in Mogadishu.

This award will highlight the importance of defending media freedom and demonstrate the key role that the media play in creating an inclusive and open society in Somalia. It will also seek to identify and project young Somali voices including Somaliland and positive stories about Somalia.

The new prize was announced during World Press Freedom Day celebrations held at the British Embassy Mogadishu and co-hosted by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Somalia, Ben Fender, and representatives from the United Nations office in Somalia.

The event provided a platform for a cross section of Somali journalists to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities they face with regard to media freedom in Somalia.

“A free press is our best defence against corruption, extremism and abuse of power. Media freedom is under increasing attack in Somalia as journalists are routinely subjected to intimidation, harassment and persecution. I look forward to continuing our work with the media, civil society organisations, international partners and the Government of Somalia to address these challenges together,” Ambassador Fender said.

“The objective of the British Embassy’s Somali Journalism Award is to celebrate and promote the important role that a free media plays in Somalia and to identify and recognise emerging talent; we encourage all young Somali media students and new journalists to actively participate.” Mr. Fender notes.

Criteria for entry

·  The competition is open to media students and early career journalists (3 years work experience and below, directly employed or freelance).

· Applications from women and marginalised groups are particularly encouraged.

·  All entrants must be Somali nationals and have a valid travel document.

· The deadline for entries is 23:59 on Friday 7 June 2019. Any work submitted after this time will not be accepted.

How to enter

Submit either:

· A video of up to 2 minutes highlighting a positive and unique story about any aspect of life in Somalia. The video can be in Somali but must have English subtitles


· A black and white or colour photograph depicting a positive and unique story about Somalia. The photograph should have a title or short caption.

The video/ photograph should be sent via WeTransfer or Google Drive to . If you have any questions, or problems with the submission process, please contact the awards team at before Friday 7 June 2019.

Include a one-page CV which includes your name, date of birth, education, employment history, copy of your travel document with your entry.


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