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Somaliland Journalists Association

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Somaliland Journalist Association (SOLJA) is national independent, non-governmental, non political and nonprofit making organization based in Hargeisa Somaliland. It was established on Feb 2003 to defend and promote the rights and freedoms of the media, and generally, to help expand the boundaries of freedom of speech and expression in Somaliland, and to empower member journalists and ensure high standards of journalism/reportage in Somaliland. It’s legally registered with the Ministry of Information of Somaliland as “Somaliland Journalists Association” with the mandate to build up and foster the knowledge and skills of the journalists to make information on education, developmental activities and entertainment access to the public; and to defend and advocate the rights of the journalists.

SOLJA representing more than 38 media houses consists Radio stations, TV stations, Printed media and online outlets and 800 professionals’ individual journalist members from all media houses in Somaliland. SOLJA has offices in all regions as well as representatives in Horn of Africa. The association has an adequate financial sound system (Quick book) and comprehensive procurement procedures.

The association will carry out its activities throughout all the regions of Somaliland in partnership with NGOs, UN & International organizations, and the local journalists by promoting the serial needs of the target groups through build media institutional capacity.  Its forge links and network of co-operation & excellent relationship, information sharing, Transparency & accountability with the community, government, LNGOs, UN & international Organizations as well as donors of the international community so that its goals are accomplished.

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