Somali Youth Speak Out on New VOA Show

Close up of control board and papers for new Somali show on VOA

“This is the only show of its kind in Somalia,” says Somali Service Chief Abdirahman Yabarow, “and it’s important that we offer this platform to young people, who now make up about 70% of Somalia’s population.”
The weekly show provides in-depth reports from the region and then opens up discussion with expert in-studio guests and direct calls from the audience.  Questions can be submitted on the show’s Facebook page and the call-in feature lets the host answer questions live on air.
The program is also sending out special SMS messages related to topics that have been broadcast on the show, and VOA Somali Service journalists plan to host a series of town hall style meetings in the region to bring young people together to talk about their concerns.
VOA’s Somali Service reaches audiences in the region on AM, FM, shortwave, the Internet and on mobile devices. Recent audience surveys indicate more than 74% of the population in Mogadishu listens to VOA each week.

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Cyber Attacks Target Radio Farda Journalists

Iranians surf the web in an internet cafe at a shopping center, in central Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Prague – An Iranian campaign against independent media that resulted in the recent arrests of more than a dozen journalists in Tehran has reached journalists outside the country, including as many as 15 Radio Farda journalists who have been targeted with sophisticated online attacks.