|On 9 December 2010 the press freedom advocacy organisation Reporters without Borders awarded the Somali radio station Radio Shabelle with the 2010 Media of the Year prize. Radio Shabelle defied the deadly addicts of Islamists of not to air songs and music by re-starting its broadcasting of songs and music on 1 July 2010.
The Mogadishu-based station Radio Shabelle struggle to operate in the face of violence and harassment by Islamist militias, and five of its journalists have been killed in recent years.
The award was presented at ceremony hosted by journalist Elizabeth Tchoungui at the Foreign Press Reception Centre in Paris, France.
“It is an immense honour to receive this prize,” said Ali Abdi, Shabelle Media Network’s head of international relations, who accepted the prize with emotion on behalf of his colleagues at Radio Shabelle. “It recognizes not just our own work but also the courage of all Somali journalists and Somali civil society”.