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Islam in Somalia: A Media Revival

There are now about six daily newspapers, nine cable channels, and 23 radio stations available to residents of Mogadishu, reports Reuters. The media outlets in the capital of Somalia have seen a revival of sorts with double the numbers since African peacekeepers pushed out the Islamist militants al-Shabaab. The number of journalists has also grown to about 300, up from 100 in 2007. There appears to be more freedom in reporting as well. Shows now cover topics once banned by al-Shabaab, such as sports, and journalists write more openly about divisions in the al-Shabaab ranks, says Reuters. Read the full story here. Though…

Islam in Tanzania: Church Threatened With Violence

The Church in Tanzania faces threats from an Islamist group calling itself “Muslim Renewal,” as The Christian Post reported that this past Sunday Catholic priest Father Evarist Mushi was shot dead by assailants in front of Zanzibar’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral just before Sunday morning Mass. Following the killing, the Islamist group issued this statement: We thank our young men, trained in Somalia, for killing an infidel. Many more will die. We will burn homes and churches. We have not finished: at Easter, be prepared for disaster. Read the full story here. The violence by Islamist extremists against churches in Tanzania has been…

News: Hope for Mogadishu?

ABC News ran a story today (12/5) on the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, often called the “most dangerous city in the world.” It seems things might be looking up in the city. Read the full ABC News story here. U.N. humanitarian agencies leaders are calling for $1.3 billion for a three-year strategy to “enable 177 U.N. agencies and partnering groups to reach nearly half of Somalia?s population with coordinated programs to build resilience in a country with a history of chronic conflict and recurring droughts.” And the leaders made their appeal in a public launch with journalists and local government…

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