Mogadishu(Mogadishu24)-In observance of World Press Freedom Day, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Shane L. Dixon delivered remarks at a symposium in Mogadishu, emphasizing the essential role of journalism in addressing global environmental challenges. The event, themed “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis,” highlighted the critical function of accurate media reporting in combating climate change.

Dixon thanked Omar Faruk, Director General of the National Union of Somali Journalists, for organizing the event, and applauded the commitment of all partners involved. He underscored the importance of precise scientific reporting, particularly in Somalia where environmental issues like drought severely impact food security and displacement.

The U.S. is actively supporting over 100 Somali journalists this year with specialized training to improve their reporting skills on environmental matters. This initiative is part of a broader U.S. effort to aid Somalia in becoming more climate-resilient, through significant investments like the $65 million USAID’s Inclusive Resilience in Somalia activity.

Dixon reiterated the U.S. commitment to standing with media professionals in promoting good governance and environmental stewardship. As World Press Freedom Day approaches, the symposium serves as a poignant reminder of the power of a free press in driving necessary action and policy-making to address pressing global environmental crises.

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