VOA’s Somali Chief Abdirahman Yabarow (left) greets President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

WASHINGTON (August 4, 2014) — The president of Somalia says his government is winning the battle against the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. In an interview at Voice of America headquarters in Washington, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud acknowledged that al-Shabab had stepped up its attacks in Mogadishu in recent months, but he said the militant group was carrying out attacks in the country’s capital because it is being beaten on the battlefield by soldiers of the Somali army and the African Union Mission in Somalia.

BBG, Gallup Issue Findings on Media Use in the Sahel

Bruce Sherman, Director, Office of Strategy and Development, BBG; William Bell, Research Director, International Broadcasting Bureau; Rajesh Srinivasan, Ph.D., Principal, Gallup; Magali Rheault, Regional Research Director – Francophone Africa, Gallup

Washington, D.C. — Media use in the Sahel region is flourishing, as the majority of adults in Somalia (65.6%) and in Bamako, Mali (78.4%) say that they access news at least once per day, according to new data issued today by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup.