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Somali journalist 18 years old. Credit to http://www.npr.org/

Hi everyone

This morning I came across this article: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/06/03/177503511/For-Young-Somali...
titled " For Young Somali Journalists, Work Often Turns Deadly"
I want to bring this article to everyone's attention not only for its content, but for its structure and style, as it's a great example of independent, clear citizen journalism.
In my home country, Colombia, being a journalist is one of the most dangerous professions there is and the rate of killings is much much higher than the one is Somalia, as I say this I believe every correspondent should be informed of the dynamics of the media in their home country and remember their safety is first.
My plea to everyone is please don't let your heart go over your better judgment; as Abdi Uud, Shabelle's 38-year-old news director, says: " "The young people are passionate about this work... if a person is passionate, (s)he doesn't care if (s)he'll be killed or not."

This program is a great chance for everyone to connect and take advantage of all the resources in hand that World Pulse and the Mentors are offering but I just want to give away one tip that I got working as a shelter advocate for the YWCA taking emergency calls "when you are safety planning with the person on the other side of the phone, ask her, 'what do you think is the safest way to get out of there'? In those dangerous situations no one knows their situation better than the callers themselves, as advocates we didn't know if they had a window they could crack open, a neighbor to call, a room to hide or an specific time to leave the house, and time was a sensitive resource.

I ask everyone to please read this article and reflect on it, as it has helped me touch base with the challenges of not only this profession but life purpose.
I hope everyone is having a good day. Thank you!

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So so so so important. Thanks for sharing, Katherine.

Deqa's picture

Very crucial point

Dear Kathrine,
Thanks for raising this point, and I am quite certain most of the correspondents come from countries where journalism is tabooed or banned for raising important questions or sending messages to the public, and when it comes to the government and official it seems as though they are off limit.
Thank you for sharing this.
Love
Deqa

TinaN's picture

very true

Thank you for the reminder Kathrine.

Sometimes,work does turn deadly.Recently here in Malawi a female journalist was assaulted (punched several times)
by the chief parliamentary security officer at the parliament building as she was taking photos outside parliament.Just imagine.She sustained bruises on the back of course the man was later arrested and charged with assault.

Greengirl's picture

Noted Katherine

Thank you so much for calling attention to this vital information. Everyone of us need all the possible and available security tips we can get. Security tips can never be too much and we all have a part to play in watching our backs and tracks to stay safe.

Thanks for sharing,
Greengirl

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