Mogadishu, Somalia (NewsBahn) – Somalia’s weak transitional government has re-launched the country’s national television station that has been off air for 20 years.
An official in the Somali information ministry who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to talk to the media told All Headlines News that the government-run satellite TV will be on the air in a test for the next few days.
“This is really a great victory for the whole Somali people around the world, because the re-launching of the national TV shows that signs of full sovereignty are back to Somalia after 20 years of anarchy,” the official said.
“We are expecting that the TV will officially start broadcasting news next week after the opening ceremony, which is expected soon,” the information ministry official said.
The official added that the station will first broadcast in the Somali language and add English and Arabic languages at a later date. “People in Africa, Asia and some European countries along the Mediterranean Sea can clearly watch the television,” he stated.
Somalis last watched a government-owned national television station in January 1991. Since then, independent business television and radio stations have been operating in the country.
Special correspondent Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar contributed this report from Mogadishu.