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ANNOUNCEMENT: MAP Board of Directors Announce the Venue & Date of the Association’s Third General Assembly.

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Garowe, December 19, 2017: The Media Association of Puntland (MAP), has officially announced that the Association will hold its 3rd General Assembly Conference from December 25-27, 2017 at the Puntland Development Research Center (PDRC) conference.

MAP’s third General Assembly is proudly supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Free Press Unlimited. Both organizations are giving partial support to MAP’s GA activities covering capacity building activities and logistics support, which will help MAP cover the expenses for the conference expected to invite over 75 delegates drawn from all types of media practitioners across the Puntland regions to attend the GA activities.

Among the MAP 2017 GA programs are:
1.Proposal to amend the MAP bylaw
2. A resolution is proposed to approve the new MAP financial, Human resource and Board Governance policies.
3. Consideration of audited financial statements for the year ended March 31st,2017
4. Program Impact review:
a. A summary of the year’s activities (2014-2017)
b. A record of the years’ achievements and challenges.
c. A preview of what is planned for the forthcoming years (Ongoing projects, expected projects, and areas of program improvement)
d. Strengthening of Donor relations and improving activity Impact
5. Discussions on how to improve the Association’s revenues membership etc.
6. A short presentation on the House rules concerning the Board of Directors Election and Vote on these rules.
7. Election of the MAP new Board of Directors for the 4 elect positions and nomination of 5 board members namely;

a. Chair; b. Vice-chair; c. Secretary-General; d. Treasurer and 5-Board department directors.

8. Handover to the new Board of directors.

The agenda will be shared amongst members prior to and on the day of the AG conference. Similarly, attendance will also come from our international partners, State authorities, Puntland Parliamentarians, Human rights groups and civil society umbrellas in Puntland.

About MAP
Founded in January 2009, the Media Association of Puntland (MAP) is an independent, nonprofit organization registered in Puntland recognized as the legitimate representative body for Puntland Journalists & media establishments promotees press freedom in Puntland state Somalia.

Our Mission 
**To safeguard media freedom, enhance professionalism and arbitrate media disputes.
MAP promotes press freedom in Puntland regions and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of the act of vengeance. MAP also engages dialogue with the Puntland authority on the legal framework by protecting freedom of expression and media freedoms through policy and legal reforms.

The core values of Media Association of Puntland are the fundamental principles and standards to which the professional journalists must adhere; principles that reflect our rich and diverse profession. In achieving its mission and vision, the MAP is guided by the following core values:

Advocacy – A top priority for MAP is to advocate for the enjoyment of human rights, peace, democracy, and social justice in Puntland and Somalia at large

Solidarity and participation – collaborating and networking with national and international media society and stakeholders to build strong, vibrant and democratic media voice with solidarity, coexistence and equitable access of information.

Democracy – MAP decision-making process is based on a democratic system of majority choice where all members respect freedoms, opinions, and decisions of others.

Innovation – promoting the discovery of new ideas and developing beneficial workable approaches for our members and greater media society in Puntland.

Integrity – MAP’s existence is powered by strict principles that are free from discrimination based on religion, political, view, gender, and ethnic background, cultural or social class. Professional Journalists and members ofMAP are obliged to follow those principles and implement activities with integrity, decency and respect the dignity and intelligence of the beneficiaries and thus is devoted unwavering commitment in defending and promoting freedom of expression based on the principles of human rights on the freedom of expression and social justice through professionally ethical media

Core activities of MAP focus on press freedom, preservation of journalists’ rights, skill training on professional journalism, building a united voice of journalists, forming a foundation for cooperation and confidence and dialogue engagement on legal & policy reforms. It fulfills these activities through advocacy, training needs assessments f the journalists, organizing workshops, seminars, conferences, dialogue engagement with authorities and systematically monitoring, investigating and reporting violations of press freedom. MAP also exists to develop and capacitate the institutional performance of the media houses in Puntland.


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