PRESS RELEASE: NEW MEDIA ORGANIZATION LAUNCHED
Posted March 30, 2009on:
HARGEISA,new media association – Media Rights Somaliland- (MeRiS) has been launched in Hargeisa, the capital city of Somaliland.
MeRiS aims to protect the rights of writers and journalists,train professionals working with the media, upgrade the skills of its members, enrich their knowledge and develop their competence and capacity; Organize cultural and literary events and promote media, academic and cultural freedom
MeRiS upholds and recalls Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media, and regardless of frontiers”,
MeRiS was founded in 2009 by a group of independent journalists, environmentalists, newspapers, websites and others interested in sustaining freedom of expression, peace, good governance, democracy and development, as an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization for the purpose of, among other things, advancing, promoting and protecting media freedom and freedom of expression and journalistic excellence in Somaliland.
MeRiS monitors media performance and conducts training and research.
Membership is open to all qualified journalists.
The head office of the organization is in Hargeisa, but branch offices will be opened at both Regional and district levels throughout Somaliland.
Media Rights Somaliland