Radio Mogadishu

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Radio Mogadishu
HeadquartersMogadishu, Somalia
OwnerFederal Government of Somalia
Launch date
Official website
Radio Muqdisho
LanguageSomali, Arabic, English

Radio Mogadishu (Somali: Radio Muqdisho, Arabic: راديو مقديشو‎) is the federal government-run radio station of Somalia.[1]


Analog reels at Radio Mogadishu headquarters.

Established during the colonial period in Italian Somaliland, Radio Mogadishu initially broadcast news items in both Somali and Italian.[2] Transmissions in Somali at the station first began in 1943, concurrent with the start of Somali language programming in Radio Djibouti.[3] Radio Mogadishu was modernized with Russian assistance following independence in 1960, and began offering home service in Somali, Amharic and Oromo.[4]

After closing down operations due to the civil war that broke out in 1991, the station was officially re-opened in the early 2000s by the Transitional National Government of former President of Somalia, Abdiqasim Salad Hassan.[5]

Radio Mogadishu analog-to-digital machine.

Prior to the Somali Army's ultimate pacification of the capital in August 2011, Radio Mogadishu operated from a walled compound guarded by armed soldiers. The station's staff routinely broadcast news, talk shows and music despite threats of violence.[6]

Radio Mogadishu presently broadcasts from downtown Mogadishu. In the late 2000s, the station also launched a complementary website of the same name, with news items in Somali, Arabic and English.[7]


  • Ahmed Ali Kahiye, director[6]
  • Ali Abdulqakir Ali Meykal, reporter[6]
  • Mohamed Kaafi Sheikh Abukar Editor [6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Somali PM: Anyone in gov't who commits corruption will be brought to justice Archived 2011-05-15 at the Wayback Machine Mareeg Media
  2. ^ World radio TV handbook, (Billboard Publications., 1955), p.77.
  3. ^ Dubnov, Helena (2003). A Grammatical Sketch of Somali. Koln: Rudiger Koppe Verlag. p. 10.
  4. ^ Thomas Lucien Vincent Blair, Africa: a market profile, (Praeger: 1965), p.126.
  5. ^ SOMALIA: TNG launches “Radio Mogadishu”
  6. ^ a b c d e Reporters In Somali City Risk Life To Cover Story
  7. ^ Radio Archived 2010-11-27 at the Wayback Machine

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