14 July 2014

Somalia - Puntland Parliament Repeals Controversial Draft Media Law

Garowe, Somalia — Lawmakers in Somalia's Puntland parliament returned controversial draft media law to Ministry of Information following complaints from press associations, Garowe Online reports.

Puntland MP Saed Abdi Samatar said in an interview with Puntland-based independent station, Radio Garowe on Monday that they cancelled vote on the media law after journalists voiced concern over clauses that have been tampered with.

Samatar added that they will summon ministry of information officials to question them on illegible amendments within the law.

"We expect Ministry of Information to present the original draft to parliament," noted Member of Parliament.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chairman of Media Association of Puntland (MAP) Mohamed Dahir Yusuf acknowledged the existence of exclusive changes made without the consent of the Puntland-based media association.

"The draft law being put forward by Puntland Information Ministry was inaccurate. On Tuesday, the parliament is set to debate the bill passed by Farole's council of ministers," said Yusuf.

In July 2013, Farole administration and media fraternity agreed on draft media law. The then minister of Information late, Jama said the law complied with international standards of freedom of expression.

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