Somalia's Ministry of Information has launched a weekly newspaper called "Dalka (The Country)" and daily Somali-language news bulletin online, SunaTimes.com reported today.
Through this initiative, the Ministry aims to engage with the public and contribute to the overall increase in oral literacy in Somalia, while providing the government with an extra source to inform the Somalis about key developments inside the country and about international developments as well.
In addition to topical issues covered by the newspaper, such as politics, reconciliation, business, health, education, youth, women, and sports, it will also carry a page dedicated to Somali poets and musicians, according to a report on the SunaTimes.com. The publications will document key events in hard retrievable form and will be published by the Somali National News Agency (SONNA).
The publications can be followed through the Radio Mogadishu website as well as through e-mail circulations. Users can also sign up through firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ministry aims to launch printed version of the newspaper too, and plans to launch English and Arabic language editions of the publications as well.