The Shabelle Media Network is an independent media house that was established in 2002 in Merca, Somalia by a group of young Somali intellectuals.
SMN broadcasts news, business, analysis, culture, and sports items via its radio and television network. It airs its own programs and documentaries through both terrestrial and satellite transmissions.
The organization also reports on domestic peace initiatives and conferences, provides a platform for the discussion of issues of interest to the Somali community, and offers call-in services wherein listeners and/or viewers can interact with program participants.
Shabelle Media Network’s main target audience is the Somali community, both within the Horn of Africa and abroad. Its broadcasts are also geared toward local policymakers and international stakeholders.
It is also to ensure that Somalis in and around the world remain abreast of developments within the Somali community and in touch with each other.
In 2010, Radio Shabelle was awarded the Media of the Year prize by the Paris-based journalism organization, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)