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Somalia: Is shrinking civil society space needed to end Al-Shabaab?

At the end of 2022, the Somali government circulated an informal verbal communication to media houses, urging local news outlets to submit content ... for approval prior to broadcasting. This was at the height of a sustained military campaign against Al-Shabaab and observers saw it as a move to curtail the publication of any content associated with the insurgents. But the government says it’s an effort to match the Islamist’s propaganda machine.