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Re: GMS/XWXC/019/DEC-2012 Date:
To: All International and Somali Media
Organizations and Networks;
To: The Minister of Information and
Telecommunications of Somali Federal Government;
Cc The Minister of Information, Youth and
Sports of the Galmudug State;
Cc: The UN Political Office for Somalia;
Cc: The Embassies and International
Organization to Somalia;
Cc: The President of Galmudug State of
Somalia, H.E. Dr. Mohamoud Abdi Elmi
Subject: The International and Somali
Media Organizations biased reporting of the
Galmudug State of Somalia or their
Intentional Support to Warlord Qaybdid.
Following the verbal instruction of the President of Galmudug State,
H.E. Dr. Mohamoud Abdi Elmi, I hereby inform you that the Government of the
Galmudug State is appalled by the biased reporting of the International and
Somali Media Networks concerning the Galmudug State, particularly the
repetitive naming of Warlord Qaybdid as the President of the Galmudug State.
We hope that such negative reporting are due to a lack of knowledge of
the current political situation of the Galmudug State, since the soje and
legitimate President of the Galmudug State is H.E. Dr. Mohamoud Abdi Elmi, who
was elected in a clean, fair and democratic process of the Independent
Electoral Commission of Galmudug that was established by the former President,
H.E. Mohamed Alin, in conformity with Galmudug Sate Charter.
H.E. Dr. Mohamoud Abdi Elmi was elected as the new President of
Gaimudug for the next three years, on 30th July, 2012 and complementing the legitimacy
of the election, the former Galmudug State's President H.E. Alin handed over
the State power, State Charter, State offices, documents and agreements to Dr.
Mohamoud Abdi Elmi on November 11, 2012.
(See attached documents).
In the meantime, Warlord Qaybdid claimed to be the new Galmudug State
leader on Augustl, 2012, two days after the legitimate presidential election.
In rob and negotiate political formula, the Warlord is attempting to hijack the
Galmudug State and to establish save haven for himself.
At a later date, the new Somali Federal Government intervened and
invited all sides to the capital, Mogadishu, to listen and mediate, giving
support to the legitimacy claims of the current Galmudug President, H.E. Dr.
The international community, the multinational bodies and
international humanitarian organizations are all aware and informed about that
Dr. Elmi is the leader of the true and legitimate Government of the Galmudug
State of Somalia.
We, therefore, strongly protest against the unlawful and repetitive
media advertisements of Warlord Qaybdid and his un-existent administration and
we consider such actions a blatant support for the infamous warlord to continue
his brutality and divert the Galmudug State's efforts to establish law and
order and to implement social services and develop good governance within the
Thus, we kindly request the presidents and managers of the
international and Somali Media Organizations to reshape and correct their
covering of the Galmudug State and dealing with the legitimate officials of the
Galmudug State government.
We also request the Somali Federal Government to ensure that Somali
national and private media organizations follow International Conventions and
the National Media Laws and other related principles on media's code of
Likewise, the International Community's representatives in Somalia and
in particular the UN Office for Somalia to follow with particular attention the
media coverage of the Galmudug State's political situation, which lately is
very unjust and destructive.
Looking forward to hearing from you very soon.
Mb.; Find attached:
a) Nomination document of the Electoral
h) Electoral Commission's processes
c) Formal handover document of former President and current President