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Somalia: Message from Amnesty International to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) General Assembly, Baidoa, Somalia, 20-21 July 2006

, Index number: AFR 52/002/2006

In this letter Amnesty International welcomes the first General Assembly of the National Union of Somalia Journalists (NUSOJ). The theme of the meeting is ""the rights and responsibilities of journalists"". Freedom of the media is a fundamental part of universal human rights. Freedom of expression is essential for the enjoyment of all human rights and its respect reflects a country's standards of justice and good governance. In any country, protecting the right of media workers to express and publish information and opinions is an important defence against arbitrary rule and impunity for human rights violations.

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