NUSOJ and the IOM launch the COVID-19 Reporting Manual for Journalists

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The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a COVID-19 Reporting Manual for Somali journalists.

The reporting guidebook informs and helps media practitioners reduce chances of contracting coronavirus while on duty.

The manual also covers general knowledge about the COVID-19 pandemic, how to report the pandemic, those affected by the virus and the rights of migrants and returnees who are seen as individuals aggravating factors of the national health situation. 

Somalia has recorded more than 12,500 and 618 deaths. The Horn of Africa nation has one of the weakest health systems in the world. Somali journalists continue to put their health at risk to report the happenings of the country. 

The handbook also covers sexual and gender-based violence which has been on the rise ​around the world ​since the pandemic began in early 2020.

“We are very delighted to launch this booklet today that also addresses fake news and misinformation as it is important for journalists to keep their head above the sea of misinformation, disinformation and fake news – which, in times like these, are flooding social media,” NUSOJ Secretary General Omar Faruk Osman said.

The International Federation of Journalists Secretary General, Anthony Bellanger, welcomed the initiative to support Somali journalists during the global pandemic.

“Journalists are essential workers who risk their life everyday to inform citizens during the pandemic. We welcome and praise the work of NUSOJ and the IOM to publish this handbook to help Somali media workers to work safely during the pandemic.”