WEBSITES NEED MAJOR SURGERY
By M. M. Afrah
mushrooming Somali websites are in need of major surgery
if they hope to keep pace with the new electronic media,
or information highway. But the diagnosis is far from
grave according to recent news stories, columns, editorials
and opinions that are available in many Somali websites.
are moving from the "oldies" to the business
of instant news as many Somalis and non-Somalis are still
interested to read the latest developments in Somalia
on a daily basis, but want more colourful, objective and
personal content that reflects the reality of the situation.
This is not the October Star in view of the fact that
there is the need for uncensored topics and greater interaction
with readers for products that are easily digestible in
one sitting and delivered quickly with most up-to-date
one can contest the fact that Somalia, once the Pearl
of the Indian Ocean in the 1960s, is now the laughing
stock of the continent, and continues to reel from under
unending blood path and childish political intrigues perpetrated
by a bunch of petty politicians that brought the country
to its knees. Even when the international community have
been willing to give them the benefit of doubt and leeway
to do things in a bid to bring an end to their trivial
differences. But they still continued to juggle.
watchdog it is the top priority of Somali journalists
to tell these perpetrators in clear terms that it is long
over due for them to get off the gangland bandwagon. Enough
this electronic age free information is becoming more
mainstream by the minute. Millions of the latest news
is distributed on websites across the world every minute,
and many of these websites do not require you to register
in order to log in and get access to their latest news
and are now the driving force in the industry. All that
has came about from understanding the readership.
Internet search engines, such as Google, are today's main
sources of information as was the case of popularization
of the television more than 50 years ago.
and Editorial writers cannot be blind to the fact that
the people of Somalia are in a unique position as the
only people in the world who are hostage to the gun in
the hands of individual pursuits, hungry for power and
ill-gained profit. We cannot be blind to the fact that
the future peace of the country is in the hands of the
Somali people and not individuals and that the wishes
and aspiration of the people are respected. It is a test
to the Somali websites to show the way for the country.
We must not summarize what most of us feel when unpleasant
things are happening to our people. Words like: Nassib-darro,
Ayaan-darro, Halaag, Naxtin, geeri lama filaan ah are
very frightening words that are daily utterances in Somalia.
But the gun boys measure their accuracies by the number
of innocent people they hit with their guns. No sweat!
should see people lay down with blood all over their bodies
as they expire in agony, but it is all pleasure and laughter
from the Mooryaans as they watch the end result of their
gruesome crime. And if you dared to stop them they would
rip you to pieces. Then the boys go off and chew copious
bundles of the drug Qaad or Jaad imported from Kenya.
to call the Somali media to account. Unlike their counterparts
at home, who face threats, censorship, arbitrary detention
and murder, those of us in the Diaspora are in a position
to come out of the closet and exert pressure on the perpetrators
of clan-based violence in the South.
course, it is worth mentioning here that the work of many
contributors to some of the highly regarded websites is
very stimulating and objective, and I wish them success
for the tasks ahead for they are the real pioneer torchbearers.
By M.M. Afrah,