journalists are operating in a very difficult climate without
equipment, resources, reference materials and professional
training, according to Maria Frauenrath of the BBC's training
has held training courses for newspaper, radio and television
journalists in Mogadishu, Hargeisa and Garowe as part of an
18-month project supported by the European Commission.
there were now six radio stations - though they are not always
on air - and four daily papers, with some 30 to 40 occasional
the local media as "very lively", Frauenrath noted that most
young journalists had had their formal education interrupted
by Somalia's ten-year civil war.
the press was vibrant, it provoked many local and international
complaints, she said, adding that lack of institutions and
government structures meant that journalists - as well as
the people they wrote about - were vulnerable.