Faults of Somali weblogs.
Faults of unprofessional Somali weblogs
Despite the rise of the local independent media in Somalia bit changed the country’s social attitude into more democratic way, the number of the websites has dramatically increased for the past two years. Most of them are privately owned by Somali diaspora in oversees countries mainly in Europe and America which are said to be set up for prominence, clan, group and economic interests.
According to IT student in the Netherlands, four major issues help surge of the Somali published personal websites; cheap site creation with simple readymade design template, the leisure time with welfare reliance, emulating or outdoing after one another with no preplanning and free access of online media.
“It has been unprecedentedly booming the number of the Somali sites that went online, whenever I surf the internet every single day I see a new website with the name of person, remote village and town in Somalia or amazing word of name. The most surprisingly thing is that they nearly all publish the same story of Somali issues or other world events.” Said, one of the IT students said.
Remarkably, with the consideration of accuracy and impartiality, few Somali sites try to provide the right information from the right source in deal with conflict resolution.
“In a bid to keep my profession, I have recently created a website in which I publish articles and editorials on the country’s political crisis and try to shed a light to the misleadership and corruption within the current government and also reveal the unreported stories,” said Osman Ali, a freelancer. “Working in the mass media needs to be professional in the field of that you operate,” he added.
These sorts of individual weblogs feed news stories on the political and war crisis in the horn of African nation, Somalia which had been a failed state since the fall of military regime in 1991. “The news events posted on the Somali sites are less accurate and wrongly misinterpreted.
“Obviously, some of the websites which previously built with economic interest later went offline or suspended because of missing what were initially made and indeed you can’t simply generate income from updating news site. Some times when you visit enormous of sites, you see that its news stories were posted by unskilled journalists for their poor sources and accuracy,” said Salah Omar, the editor-in-chief of Wehelmedia.com site. “Some websites are out of ethics of journalism,”
The most recent non-ethic substance is to show pictures of deceased or killed people on the websites and that is in breach of the media laws. Showing faces badly injured or smashed might in fact make shocking to the people. Such photos could be shown by hiding the faces.
Mohamed Abdi Farah
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