Somali Public Radio is the first public radio station in Somalia, currently undertaking media reform that aims to improve service delivery and accountability to citizens. The initiative was drawn from the premise that development and democracy cannot thrive without open and free public space where all issues concerning people’s lives can be aired and debated and which gives room and opportunity for locals to participate in decision making. SPR is a content partner with NPR and KFAI. SPR is also a partner of Wayaha Cusub Band.
Editorial Philosophy (www.spr.fm):
In today’s global community, technology assures the possibility of distant relationship and Somali Public Radio recognizes the value of online broadcasting that is accessible to both donors and concerned members of the community from the Diaspora. Members of the board of directors have relevant experience in operating an updated news website.
Our mission is to reach out to Somali communities inside and outside the country on educational development, business opportunities, information of local and regional disasters, routine global and local news, entertainment, and discussion of national policies and other burning issues affecting the community.
Our editorial philosophy is driven by concepts of independence, transparency, fair and balanced reporting and relevancy of content. In-house writers and editors create content both in Somali and English and we also partner with contributors who present news with balance and perspective. Frequency of news updates is daily and the length of each issue depends on how it pertains to the community. We host a forum where our listeners can comment and interact with each other. The site is free for all users and hosts live reporting from the radio, news, forum, sports, arts and images.