Is Somalia ready for news to be broadcast in Italian again?

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On 6 October, Somalia’s information minister Osman Dubbe revealed an agreement with Italy that would resume an Italian language broadcast on the states’ radio station, Radio Mogadishu, for the first time in thirty years. The move came as a surprise to many but Italy has long played an important role in Somalia’s post-conflict state-building and has recently intensified its diplomacy through humanitarian efforts, scholarships, encouraging trade and more recently promoting its language. In mid-September, an agreement was reached between the Italian government and the Somali National University t…

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