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Challenges Facing Somaliland Universities to Offer Journalism Studies Program

Over the years since Somaliland declared independent from Somalia in 1991, the media industry has dramatically grown. There are handful of printed newspapers and magazines, over 30 news websites, four television stations and multiple online radios in the country (Somaliland Media Sustainability Index, 2012). These news outlets employ hundreds of people across the country. Ironically though, there are no mass media training institutes where these journalists get trained. The local universities do not offer journalism courses. This paper examines the chief reasons as to why Somaliland universities in general and the University of Hargeisa; the main public university in particular, do not offer journalism and mass communications studies.

Mohamoud Hassan