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BBC/VOA Somali service: Reality vs. falsehood

VOA Horn of Africa director

BBC East Africa Bureau

BBC/VOA Somali service: Reality vs. falsehood

Excellencies’

Modern media, especially the internet, cable TV, and even radio, can receive and disseminate information very quickly. This makes the world a more connected place, and helps the public to be better informed. It also gives people more access to ideas, opinions, and news from many different sources.

But this technological progress does not come only with advantages, but disadvantages, too. The speed of modern media is a mixed blessing, since it can lead to the spread of rumors, lies, and incorrect information that can easily “go viral” and thereby create or exacerbate existing tensions among societies. For example, after the last episode of the Somali civil War broke out in December 1990, the wars which began as struggle for control of the government quickly degenerated into armed robbery and occupation of valuable towns, seaports, neighborhoods, and agricultural arable by conquering clan warlords that have built and managed their own military apparatus. As a result, patterns of clan settlements have changed mainly in the urban, and farming areas such as Mogadishu, Juba valley (Kismayo), and Lower Shabelle in the south, just to mention few!

As the Somali civil war progressed its complexity did as well. The aforementioned conquerors acquire substantial support beyond their evident constituency, mainly from misuse of international aid, and from journalistically ill-vetted Somali staff of the widely tuned BBC and the VOA, who exploit the electromagnetic waves of those radios to mobilize clan militias and distort reality from the outside world. The latest spate of such distortions is being unfairly directed to the Kenyan government and to one particular Somalis sub-clan, as the port city of Kismayo fell to the Somali and the Kenyan AMISOM forces from Al-shabab. This balkanization from the BBC and the VOA Somali services, whose members are mostly seen as belonging to one segment of the Somali groupings, undermines any healing process of the civil war wounds, and reignites resentment amongst the tribally divided Somali society.

However, building a lasting peace in Somalia can only begin with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the country’s past and the social structure of Somali people. The past holds many lessons that will aid in forging a politically and economically healthy united Somalia. Knowledge and understanding are the most powerful deterrents to the recurrence of conflict as Somalia strives to give meaning to the sentiments of ‘Never Again’.

Therefore, in order to preserve the nearly century-old brand name of the BBC Somali service, and the newly pioneered VOA Somali section, we hereby encourage joining the solution-seekers coalition (community of nations) for peace in Somalia, in giving better instruction about the journalistic provision to your fellow Somali workers; as media involvement in clan politics can be very dangerous to the reputation of your organizations and to the Somali peace process.

Thank you all

Farah – Kolley
najmaf@live.com

Allgedo News Media Network
allgedo@allgedo.com

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2 Jawaabood " BBC/VOA Somali service: Reality vs. falsehood "

  1. mr bile says:

    mr farah kolley waxaan kugu salaamayaa salaanta islamka as.wr.wb salaan ka bacdi waxaan kaaga mahad celinayaa sida sharaftabadan oo ay daacadnimada ku dheehantahay oo aad had iyo jeer iskaga xilsaarto meelaha ay dhibaatada kaga imaneyso shacabka soomaaliyeed kuwa muuqda sida dhibaatada ay geysanayaan kooxaha iyo shakhsiyaadka ku gabanaya siyaasada beenta ah ee khayaanada ku jirto iyo waliba qabyaalada qarsoon iyo kuwa iyaga isticmaalaya qabyaalad iska cad waxaad markale ku mahadsantahay meesha aad toshka ku ifisay oo aanay dadbadan dareemi karin hadii loo adeegsado dhanka xun waxaan kugu raacsanahay hadii meelaha ay dadka sida aadka ah ugu kalsoon yihiin oo gaar ahaana maanta umadaha laga hogaamiyo aragtidooda markaa sixun loo maareeyo in ay tahay nasiibdara aad u weyn marka waxaan ka fahmay walaalka warqada qoray in uu shaqsiga u soo gubinaya adeega bulshada in uu aad oga taxadara warka uu u soo gudbinaya umadan cadawsoomaaliga uu kolba dhan u gadinayo.ugu dabeyn hay,adaha wararka soo gubiya in aad ka qeyb qaadataan in aad dadkiina u soo gudbisaan wax sugan kana fogaataan eexda qabyaalada iyo siyaasada beenta ah mahadsanid markale walaal sida aad iskaga xilsaartay in aad umada u soo gudbiso dhaliilaha ka jira dhinacya badan
    FG.hadii wax uun khalada iga dhacay waa nafteyda iyo sheydhan uguma talagalin in aan ku gafo umada soomaaliyeed wadar iyo waaxid toona. waad mahadsantihiin

  2. M says:

    write by M
    HELLO SOMALI READER AND WRITTEN ABOUT SOMALI

    WHERE IS YOUR IDEA TO BE TAKING YOUR FLAG IN THE PEOPLE HAVE IT SUCH AS COMMON REASONERABLE SOMALI NAME IN -all THE TRAGTED TO BE RESOLUTION BETWEEN UNDER THEIR LANGUAGE ( SOOMAALI- AMA LUQADDAH SOOMAALIGA AY KU WADDAHADALAAN MAXAA DHUMEY?

    EXPLAINED YOUR IDEA THERE OR HERE .
    SHOW US SOME THING S A CLEARLY , TELLING US WHAT IS IN SIDE OF YOUR BRAIN MEMORY BY STEP BY STEP THAT THE CURE SOME DISEASE IN OUR IMMUNI- OLOGY SKIN
    together in one hand- one word very honestly human sense feel well on your land – hills EARTH WITH PEACE ful the right speech as
    linguistic in each side of your socites FROM ONE place TO
    ANOTHER (Dagaan) NATURAL GREEN ZONE SUN – MOON THE LIGHT OF STARTING let them to the rain coming from skey air
    from the skey and much more freedom OUR NATION SOCIAL SECURITY MANAGMENT HEALTH CARE AND RELATIONSHIP OF AONTHER WORLD HUMAN CULTURAL THE WORD OF TRADERTIONAL AFFAIR.THE SAME AS OTHER WORLD THEIR HOME LAND .

    ( reer – qof – qof ) habka gud mid gar medeysaan , leh waxa fahaan xaladah saare ku waah hoose dhanka sida dagaan :

    WAXA KA QABASHO , WAXA GARASHO XALADAH KU DHISAN DACAMA UMMADDAH ( SOOMAALIYA WADDANKa KU WAA MIDeysaan HADANA KALA QEYBSAAN WAA DAGAN IYO SIDAH LOOKA LA NOLLAH ILA MUD DHEER DHANKA DHANKA
    JERETAAN DHULKA SOOMAALIYA SI YARE – SI WEYN WAXA DHEXEYAAL AMURAHA SOO JEREY IN KU SIMAAN 22 SANO ILA HADA MAALIN – GORWAL BA WAXAAN KA HELEYN AH ISBEDEL ISKU DHACA IS AFGARAAN WAA FARAA BADAN
    :
    KU JERAH KU WAH DEBAADAH KUWAAH GUDAH MAXAY TAHAY XISADDAH QORSON , WAXA AAN LA FAHAMEYeN , WAXA GARAad WEYN DAD BADAN OO KA YIMID DHANKA AQOONTAH MIDAH SAARE -SHEEGTEY XILKASINIMO HUBAAN
    MEDEY SOO QATEYN MAXAY KA TAGEYN ,MAXAY REBEYN WAARKA MANTAH KA SOCOODAH MOGADISHU:

    ( THERE IS NO QUESTION IN THIS MOMENT ANY MORE EVERY BODY MUST RESPECTLY THE LIFE A PERSONER PLEASE UNDERSTANDING HOW YOU COULD HAVE TO WORKING THE DIRECTION ON THE NETWORKINGSTATION AS TECHNICIAN WITH MECHANISM – ELELCTRICAL MECHNAICAL FIT TO FIX AT ALL YOUR WORD THE POLITCAAL – POLTICS IN YOUR OFFICE UNDER THE NAME OF SOMALI SOCIETIE TO WHOM HAD BEEN IN DIFFICULT SIUATION – HAPPYING EVERY DAY AND EVEN IN THE NIGHT TIME JUST NOW HEARING WHATI S GOING IN FEW SECOND IS IT WAR ?
    ( GAJO) ? DHAQALLA XUMAH
    ? – SHAQO? LAAN
    CAAFIMAAD LAAN DHACADDA – DIL
    ISQARXINTAH OO HA WALAKEYN AAD TAQAANEYN WAXABARASHO LAAN ISFAHAN LAAN :

    ( THE TITLE OF MY WRITTEN SYSTEM WILL BE THE SORT OF KINDLY MATTER FUTURE TIME SOMALI PEOPLE :
    OPEN HANDS AND EYES THESE AERA HAVE TO WAITING FOR UNITIL THE MAIN FIGURE WILL BE SETTING REGULATION RESPIRATION PUL SYSTEM ADDITIONAL THEIR MEETING ENDING TIME IT MAY BE FEW WEEK CIRCLE AROUNND ON IT.
    JUST BE SURE IN CONFIDENCE IN THEM.

    JUBAALAND KISMAYO INTA UDEXEYSAH ALWAQ DHABOLEY BAY DHABO ( iyo magalladdah yare – yare ee ku dhafaan waxa ba jeraan waa dagan baheyn san leh ila iyo 10000 – 4000- 3000- 5000 ama in ka badaan ka hadal meleh waxa ka qabasho meyee:

    LET US WAITING THEM;

    WHERE IS HE THE MEN OF NATION , THE MEN OF LEADER AND WHAT IS IT YOUR WORDS FROM NOW
    please see it your self in a btter way :
    in Somali POLTICAL CIRCLE AROUND THE A RIGHT AND LIFE SIDE IN THIS TIME of to day YESTERDAY DON, T RUNNING LIKE THAT WAS WRONGLY ONE .
    WE BORN DAILY OF NATIONAL
    WE ARE TO CAME HERE IN DIFFERENCE MENTAL;
    EQUAL IZATIONAL WE HAVE TO CREATING THE HOME MO FATHER> FREEDOM NATION NATIONALISIM REALISM FUNCTIONALFAR WORD:
    WRITER B mgayre@YAHOO.COM