Lord God, we are greatly concerned about the Somali government’s treatment of journalists. We know freedom of the press is a crucial accountability and informational tool. When governments bully journalists, they tend to have something to hide. We are thankful that Amnesty International has brought this concern to light and shared specific research supporting their claim. May the release of this information compel the government to back off on harassing and arresting journalists. The government set a record last year for arresting the most journalists yet. We pray they will improve this year, allowing greater transparency with their people. Lord, we also pray for journalistic integrity in Somalia. May journalists create excellent, accurate work that truly helps their readers. May their work promote change when needed. We humbly pray, amen.
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