Journalism at a Crossroads: Highlights from the 2015 World Press Freedom Day celebrations

On May 3 and 4, I attended the World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Riga, Latvia. Co-hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the theme of this year’s event was “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality & Media Safety in the Digital Age.”

After Americo’s piece, a flood of marriage proposals

If anyone ever told me that writing a 5000-word piece would get me hitched, I would never have believed him or her. Yet, that almost happened in late April after my profile piece about Mohamed Ali Nur Americo, Somalia’s former ambassador to Kenya, was published on SAHAN JOURNAL. The piece recounted the time Americo spent… Continue reading…

Covering terror attacks in Kenya as Somali journalist

On the morning of April 2, I was in my house in Garissa performing dawn prayers. Suddenly, what I thought was a cracking sound from a construction site nearby, vibrated through the air. But a keen listen to the sound changed my thoughts.

Garissa massacre and the dissemination of graphic photos

In her seminal collection of essays aptly titled “On Photography,” Susan Sontag explores the depth and breadth of how images “educate” us on a daily basis.

Living in Limbo, Exiled Ethiopian Journalists in Nairobi Tell Their Struggle

NAIROBI, Kenya — Mastewal Birhanu thinks about the day he fled the city of his childhood. Even though he had made his mind to leave Ethiopia for Kenya, the thought of questioning and imprisonment at the airport agitated him. When he was finally through with immigration and sat in his seat in the plane, he… Continue reading…

In ‘Draconian’ Bill, a Room to Improve Kenyan Media

On Thursday evening, 28 lawmakers at Kenya’s parliament sat at the chambers of the National Assembly to vote for a bill that would change how journalism is practiced in the country. But those 28 lawmakers needed the votes of at least 22 of their colleagues to pass amendments to the Kenya Information and Communications Bill…. Continue reading…

According to CNN, Conversion to Islam Means ‘Conversion to Terror’

Want to know a quick way in which Kenyan youth can be radicalized? CNN might just have an answer for that. In the wake of the Westgate attack in September, the news network claimed in a recent report that al-Shabaab is working to recruit vulnerable youths in Kenya. Al-Shabaab’s tactic: radicalizing new converts to Islam…. Continue reading…

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