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Resignation Senior editor and coordinator with Radio Barkulan

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    Resignation Senior editor and coordinator with Radio Barkulan

    Fabricated letter to NUSOJ over the live transmission of a press conference held in AMISOM compound on 29 November

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Fabricated letter to NUSOJ over the live transmission of a press conference held in AMISOM compound on 29 November

Dear Steve,

Further to our meetings on 6 and 7 December, 2011, I wish to formally notify you that I am resigning from my position as senior editor/Program coordinator with Radio Barkulan for the following reasons related to the live press conference in Mogadishu on 29 November, 2011, that put lives of innocent Somali journalists at risk.

1-Live Transmission Authorization: You have personally authorized and instructed Aways (the shift editor) to air the live press conference in AMISOM base live, without responding my email in the previous night, which I sought your advice, and I clearly suggested that it is not worth to be aired live.

2-Fabricated letter to NUSOJ over the live transmission of a press conference held in AMISOM compound on 29 November, which resulted huge repercussion: You and I are aware of that I’ve not drafted, sent, and to the worst signed the letter. You’ve never told me how you have obtained my signature, which the admin office has it. On the other hand, the message never came from my work email[email protected], or my personal emails.

3-Manipulation and unnecessary pressure:Throughout your investigation, you were sending me strict orders of what to say or to do, in which case I did it accordingly. These orders were conflicting and confusing. You informed that Richard Bailey will talk to the journalists and write an apology letter. On the contrary, you’ve drafted a letter of false pretence, with my name and signature at the bottom. You’ve even objected to make changes in the wording.

4-Take the blame or face consequence: In our meeting on 6 December, 13:10, you’ve clearly told me that I should admit the responsibility of the live transmission you’ve instructed and authorized without any form of notifying me, that endangered the lives of innocent Somali journalists, or to face consequence, which I opted for the later.

However, I’ve found out that, with all these facts above, that you were not sincerely doing investigation, but looking for scapegoat and someone else to blame for your grave, unprofessional, naive mistakes, in order to re-build up good image with the AMISOM FC, Somali media fraternity (which I belong to), UN, and the Somali people in general, to show that you’ve taken the appropriate steps and fired/changed the responsible person. Those points and others I've not mentioned here have forced me no otherwise but to resign.

Attached herewith are our email correspondences regarding the matter, and I have them in both soft and hard copy.

I understand, as we’ve agreed in our meeting on 7 December, that my stay with RBK will come to an end after the completion of the two weeks’ notice of termination of contract under the terms of my employment. I've found my work email has just been closed. Kindly, allow me immediately to leave straight away since I’ve nothing else to do in the office. I’ll be back tomorrow to hand over all the equipments of RBK that I have. I therefore, request you to accept my resignation wholeheartedly.

Yours sincerely

By Farah Lamane

Subject:Last day of the consultative meeting

From:Farah Lamaane

To:[email protected]

Cc:[email protected], [email protected]

Date:28/11/2011 22:02:03

Dear Steve,

Today was the third and last day of the consultative meeting. We’ve started the coverage with an update of the day’s activities and two interviews in the morning prime time news program. The plenary begun its session at 09:20. RBK’s live TX started at 09:30. Here is breakdown of our activities:

09:30 — 10:00 Live RBK coverage

10:00, RBK News

10:10, Live TX

10:15 Gutale’s live update

10:22, Live TX

10:50, TX lost

10:50 — 10:55 Facebook messages aired

11:30, technical problem fixed

11:45 Live TX resumed right after the break

12:00 RBK News

12:10 - 13:00 Live TX

13:00 RBK News

13:05 Live TX

13:50 End of the conference

16:10 One on one interviews with:

-Deputy TFG gender minister

-Halima Godane

-Faduma Ibrahim

-Ali Salah

-Abdirahman Moallim

-Gutale’s summary of the speeches.

-Kulmiye’s summary of the outcome of the meeting.

17:00 Back to Nairobi.

Updates:

-News bulletins were updated from 10:00 — 17:00

-Report of the outcome of the meeting by Farah to the prime time in the evening.

-Two more interviews sent to prime time news program by Gutale.

-Voxpop sent by Mohamed Sharif to the prime time news program.

-133 new photo updates to RBK gallery

Shortly after the conclusion of the meeting, I’ve gone to the venue for distribution of the Radios. Upto 240 radios have been distributed. More than half of that number may remain in Mogadishu. 80 — 100 are remaining in that particular carton which we’ll disrtibute at the airport’s terminal for the arrivals. Unfortunately Mohamed Ali Bile, the comentator I’ve mentioned in my earlier email has not been able to come. Even though he was not with us, we did’t have much time for commentary/analysis. Gutale has organized more than two dozen people for the panel discussion program to be recorded on Wednesday. He’ll go to a hotel tomorrow to organize the conference hall, but will be back at lunch time.

Richard Bailey asked us to leave the equipment at the venue for tommorow's press conference on security. FC, TFG police commissioner and other somali speaking officials will hold press conference. I told him that we can’t make live TX, since we’ve not planned for it, but he is interested the live TX of the press conference which I think is not special one. I’ll let you know more about the conference in the morning. Kulmiye will be there to cover the press conference.

Best

Farah Lamaane



Senior Editor
Radio Bar-Kulan
P O BOX 2074-00621
Village Market
Nairobi
Office:+ 254 (0)20 5026221
Cell:+ 254 (0)722 881124- Kenya
Cell: + 252 (0)695 881124 - Somalia
Cell: + 252 (0)618 809473 - Somalia
[email protected]
www.bar-kulan.com


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Subject:Today's press conference

From:Steve Turner

To:Farah Lamaane

Cc:"[email protected]" , "[email protected]"

Date:29/11/2011 19:45:44

Dear Farah,

Today there was a press conference held by the Force Commander at which he opened with off the record comments.All journalists who attended were aware that these comments were off the record.NeitherKulmiyeorGutaleattended the conference, although I understand that you asked them to attend (is this so?).

RBKdid, however, get a live feed from the conference and it was broadcast live, including the off the record piece.

As a consequence we have broadcast something that should not have gone out which has antagonising the FC. In additionother journalists, having heard this on RBK, are complaining thatRBKhas been favoured.

Can you let me know:

1why did our correspondents not go to the press conference?

2What should we broadcast (if anything) to apologise/correct the broadcast of something that should not have gone out

3Was anyone monitoring the broadcast — which there always should be, especially if it is live

After the successful coverage of the consultation (thank you) it is soured by these mistakes the day after.Can you let me know if the above is accurate, and why it happened?

Thanks,

Steve

_______________

Steve Turner

Advisor, Albany Associates/RBK

Kenya:+254 719 671224

Somalia: +252 618 577124and +252 699 835447

UK:+44 771 432 8306

Subject:Re: Today's press conference

From:Farah Lamaane

To:Steve Turner

Cc:"[email protected]" , "[email protected]"

Date:29/11/2011 21:03:04

Dear Steve,

It is true that off the record part of the conference has been broadcasted live. I can't tell much of this unfortunate incident as I was neitherincharge of, nor authorized the live broadcast. I wrote my stand of the live broadcast to you last night. I suggested normal coverage than live TX. However,RBK colleagues in Nairobi decided to take up the live feed which was available to them without informing me first, and kept the live TX with breaks of the news bulletins from 10:15 - 13:30. Both Richard and Paddy were upset by the fact that RBK aired 30 minutes of the off-the-record part, which was discussion between the FC and journalists on how both sides can work together in order to eliminate the misleading propaganda of Al Shabab, and create awareness on howsecurity is vital. The sensitivity was that, most of the journalists spoke from the bottom of their hearts, assuming that it is off the record. RB told me that he asked Abdullahi, the technician, to shut down the mixer, which Abdullahi has never done. As per your questions below:

1- Kulmiye is supposed to attend the conference, since Gutale was organizing tommorow's panel discussion program. I informed him yesterday. When asked why he didn't go he told me that he can record all the Q&As, and send the piece.

2- At this stage, we need (as part of IST) to meet with the journalists to explain what has happened, andapologize in front of them, rather than on-air apology. RB and Paddy welcomed the idea. The meeting could be on Thursday, but my suggestion to RB was that we are helping him to apologize, not RBK admitting the responsibility (RB spoke to Abdullahi than us).

3- I advised the technician on duty to record, and Awaysto monitor. When the unfortunate news reached me, I've called the afternoon technician who told me nothing has been recorded.

Thanks

Farah

Subject:Re: FW: Urgent: AU/UN Program at Halane Raises Questions Over The Security Of The Journalists

From:Farah Lamaane

To:Steve Turner

Cc:"[email protected]" , "[email protected]"

Date:30/11/2011 13:19:40

Dear Steve,

I've seen the attached letter. Ibrahim is asking for what I wrote to you last night. Investigation, apology, and meeting with the journalists. I wrote to you all my activities the night before. I had to distribute the Radios at the airport, and went there a little bit late, 11:00, therefore I've done nothing in handling/managingor coordinating the live TX. I knew it before, and shared with you. I've not been given the go ahead for the live TX. If someone else decided to take up the live feed it'll not my responsibility, and as far as I'm concerned must not distract my plan for the day (distribution of the radios). I'm ready and available to be part of the solution.

Thanks

Farah

----- Original message -----

From:Steve Turner

Date:Wed, 30 Nov 2011 04:24:38 +0000

Subject:FW: Urgent: AU/UN Program at Halane Raises Questions Over The Security Of The Journalists

To:Farah Lamaane

Cc:"[email protected]" , "[email protected]"

Dear Farah,

The incident yesterday has escalated to a very high level. I attach the letter from NUSOJ so that you can get up to speed on what is happening.

I read your email yesterday about the events that led to this, but I don't understand how we broadcast something for 3 hours and no one knew what it was. Who made that decision. Why was no one listening to what was being broadcast. It is not the people at the venue who are responsible for what is broadcast, but the broadcaster who decides from what is submitted what they choose to transmit.

I understand the logistics that you explained - of who did what - but that does not explain why. My biggest question is where were you? You knew about the press conference the night before, so what did you do to make sure that it was handled/managed in the right way?

I don't know what the implications of this incident will be. They could be very grave for RBK without a doubt, but also for other initiatives that are being developed and other parts of IST.

We'll speak later today. We will need a full account of this - not trying to say who was not responsible because WE ARE responsible - but clearly pointing to what and who allowed a broadcaster that is supposed to be showing the way in public service to simply transmitted content without knowing what it was, and thereby endangering unspecified numbers of other media workers.

Steve
_______________
Steve Turner
Advisor, Albany Associates/RBK
Kenya:+254 719 671224
Somalia: +252 618 577124 and +252 699 835447
UK:+44 771 432 8306
________________________________________
From: Richard Bailey
Sent: 29 November 2011 21:31
To: Simon Haselock; Steve Turner
Subject: FW: Urgent: AU/UN Program at Halane Raises Questions Over The Security Of The Journalists

I will draft a reply in the morning.

R

Richard Bailey
Head of Press and Media
AU/UN Information Support Team

Somalia Mobile: +252 (0)699 457145 and +252 (0)618 632845
Kenya Mobile:+254 (0)713 750257
UK Mobile:+44 (0)7714 756215
Skype: rwdbailey
email: [email protected]

The AU/UN IST is a UN contracted capability that provides strategic
communications support to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) through the
Bell Pottinger/Albany Associates consortium.


-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)
Sent: 30 November 2011 00:12
To: Richard Bailey; [email protected]; [email protected]
Cc: National Union of Somali Journalists; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
Subject: Urgent: AU/UN Program at Halane Raises Questions Over The Security Of The Journalists

Dear Sir/Maddam,
Please find attached letter from the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) following complaints from journalists against AMISOM/UN program at Halane.

Regards,
Mohamed Ibrahim
NUSOJ Secretary General,
Mogadishu, Somalia
Tel: 85 99 44
Cell:061 5889930or0699 491999


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National Union of Somali Journalists NUSOJ 1st Floor, Human Rights House,
KM4 Area Hodan District
Mogadishu, Somalia
Telephone:+252-1-859944
e-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
Internet: http://www.nusoj.org.so
Twitter: @NUSOJ_Somalia



Farah Lamaane

Senior Editor
Radio Bar-Kulan
P O BOX 2074-00621
Village Market
Nairobi
Office:+ 254 (0)20 5026221
Cell:+ 254 (0)722 881124- Kenya
Cell: + 252 (0)695 881124 - Somalia
Cell: + 252 (0)618 809473 - Somalia
[email protected]
www.bar-kulan.com


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