Several weeks ago we had
the privilege of exchanging emails with Somali journalism hero Dahir Alasow and
he agreed to do a Q & A interview for the public. Mr. Alasow is the
president of the Association of Somali Journalists and the founder of Waagacusub
and Suna Times, two news programs that helped dismantle the Al-Shabaab group in
Somalia through exposing the militant network’s schemes.
When did you enter journalism and how did you get started?
I always had the passion of
the profession. I started in 1993 in Mogadishu with articles about social
2. Where are you
primarily based today?
I currently reside in the
Netherlands where our organization Association of Somali Journalists (ASOJ) is
3. Who would you
like to see as Somalia’s next president or prime minister?
I would like to see
tribalism and corruption free leaders in the helm. Personally, I don’t
like tribalism. I’d recommend that the president or the Prime minister be
someone with knowledge and ability, Specifically I’d support a female
president or female PM since men failed us.
4. What do you
believe about oil exploration in Somalia?
I think oil produced in
Somalia could contribute to the peace, because poverty is the main reason of
5. Do you support
Federalism could not be
embraced hastily, it is a good solution but majority of the Somali population
don?t understand it very well. I think the public should be taught what
the federalism is all about.
6. What is the most
important part of the new constitution to you?
According to what I
believe, the new constitution can’t work. The reason is, there are
contradictory clauses; on the other hand those who drafted the constitution
don?t have the constitution writing expertise, because the terminology used shows
that the team drafted lacks the necessary experience.
7. Do you believe
Somalia can become a normal nation again?
Yes I do, and I believe
that things are now on the right track. It seems that the people and
government of Turkey played an important role on how best Somalia can regain
8. What do you
think about Somaliland and separatism?
I ask myself always Who is
Somaliland? Somaliland is the northern region of Somalia, but
administratively it is in the hands of one clan that hail from the central
regions of Somaliland. There is no democracy there. One party and
coalition are oppressing the majority, especially clans from Sool, Sanag, and
Ayn. They were forced to establish a new administrative zone by the name
Khaatumo State. Similarly clans in Awdal, Salal, and Gabiley established
Awdal State. Therefore, its possible to see those in central regions to
establish their own state. Somaliland’s hope of recognition is