March 22, 2012 (QOL) The Journalist
Group called Qorahay Media Journalists Group (QMJG) is a not-for-profit
independent journalist organization that is free from any
kind of political views and whose objective is to educate
people about the ongoing crisis in the Ogaden. They advocate
the improvement and respect of basic human rights for the
people of the Ogaden.The Ethiopian government’s strategy
in the Ogaden is based on; thought-out economic blockade,
political marginalization and use of vicious military force
to restrain all legitimate demands from the population including
the right to self-determination.
This Journalist group is worldwide movement
and it has directors all over the world. The directors and
the working journalists are located all over Europe, Africa,
Australia and America. This group’s goal is to expand
the knowledge among the other Somali Medias, that there is
no such thing as rightful media in the Ogaden that can report
about the ongoing crises in the Ogaden.
As we all know lately in the media, especially in the Somali
media world there have been this news going on that is saying
that most of the Somali businesses MUST pay amount money that
is going to the Ethiopian government. In this way they are
tricking Somali businesses to buy their share in this so called
pond that the Ethiopians are building. All the Somali businesses
that are open in the Ethiopia/Ogaden areas have been told
to pay and buy this share or else their businesses won’t
stay open for much longer. This has become an eye opener for
the world, to force people to pay and buy something they don’t
This is showing that the Somali people are under
the Ethiopian “iron hand”. Most of the businesses
that have been forced to pay are the Media businesses and
the money transferring businesses.
Another big news is that there has been this
false propaganda among the Somali Medias saying that there
is freedom and peace in the Ogaden. And the Medias that are
spreading this false news is medias that the Ethiopians has
been bribing like Universal TV which is one of the biggest
names in the Somali media world. Even though Universal is
a big name it is still not a proper media outlet because it
is “denatured by its fawning service to an extremely
flawed power” and it does not “speak truth to
power”. Rather, it speaks for power and for the rich,
and against the powerless and the penniless. It speaks for
oppressors and against the oppressed
A part in the false propaganda that is being spread is about
a place called jail Ogaden. That is the biggest jail in the
Ogaden area and is located in the city Jigjga. The people
that are in jail Ogaden currently are ten times more than
the jail was built for.
• Many people in there haven’t been
charged for anything they have been forgotten in there.
• There are sick people in there that hasn’t been
given the right to see a doctor.
• Many people have died in there and their family’s
hasn´t been informed, many of the families still thinks
that their loved ones in there are still alive.
OMJG have meet people that has survived jail
Ogaden, they have shared really horrible and heartbreaking
stories with us. Saying that the things that are going on
in jail Ogaden are things like: harassments, unlawful detentions,
raping and for countless acts of torture! The survivor’s
calls jail Ogaden hell on earth.
Today our society depends on Media to tell us
what’s happening around the globe and the latest news
from every corner.Unfortunately there are NO reports coming
out about what’s happening every day in Ogaden.
Argument: The Somali Medias and how they are
We realized or saw that some of the Somali media disobeys
or misbehaves and more specifically, they do not obey or follow
the rules, regulations and guidelines of the Media world.
When we saw how the Somali media behaves, especially Universal
TV and its negotiations with the Ethiopian government, that
shows that the do not follow through with the rules and regulations
Medias. Universal TV is in negotiation with the Ethiopian
government and only broadcasts its propaganda and false news.
They do not cover any actual news regarding
the people of Ogaden and how they suffer under the Ethiopian
regime, but rather hide and cover up the ugly truth of the
Ethiopian government. Universal TV continues to ignore the
rules and regulations of other Medias who have come into the
Ogaden region to uncover and to report on the atrocities committed
against the people of Ogaden by the Ethiopian government.
When we witnessed how the Ethiopian government reprimanded
the two Swedish reporters seeking truth and to reveal the
inhumanity committed against the Ogaden people, it became
more apparent to the world that the Ethiopian government is
indeed hiding something for them to go to such lengths with
the Swedish reporters.
• Qorahay Media group are criticizing
all the Somali medias that are working for Ethiopia, specially
Universal TVwho isn’t acting like a proper media outlet.
• We are strongly criticizing everyone
that is spreading these false rumors and that is using their
journalist status wrongly and for their own purpose.
• We are strongly criticizing the way
Ethiopia are acting towards the innocent Ogaden people and
the way they are disrespecting the Ogaden peoples basic human
• We are also demanding the Ethiopians
to give journalists the right to enter Ogaden and report from
there. Therefor we are demanding themaffected immediately
to release the two Swedish journalists ah Martin Schibbye
& Johan Persson. These two journalists have been sent
to prison wrongly and without any proof of them doing anything
outside the law.
• We also strongly criticizing the killings
of innocent journalists in Somalia that are only working and
doing their duties as journalists. We are demanding the people
doing these wrongful deeds to STOP!
• We are demonstrating to all Medias worldwide
to take apart in demanding Ethiopia to give the world media
the right to enter Ogaden and uncover the hidden genocide!
• We are also demonstrating to the Somali
Medias to support their Ogaden brother and Sisters and to
try and enter Ogaden like Jaamac Nuur a Somali journalist
working Al-Jazeera did in 2008. He made this documentary that
opened the world’s eyes about that is going on in the
• Qorahay Media Journalists Group(QMJG)
is asking for the help and support from all other Medias and
general people. It's important that we stand together as one
and support each other through these difficult times in order
to strengthen one another and to achieve greatness and create