Omar Faruk Osman is a Somali journalist. He was born and raised in Mogadishu. He was elected in 2002 to be the Secretary General of the then Somali Journalists Network (SOJON). Under his leadership, the SOJON became an authoritative and strong voice that defends press freedom and rights of media professionals in the war ravaged horn of Africa country. He also headed the successful process of transforming SOJON to a trade union movement called the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) in 2005. In 2016, he was elected to the international executive committee of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

Omar Faruk is the leading press freedom activist and representative of journalists’ unions across eastern Africa and Africa as a whole. Organisations and individuals that worked closely with Omar greatly admire his commitment and tireless initiatives to safeguard and represent journalists in areas often ignored by the mainstream media. He is a public figure that has taken a critical stance against the State and non State actors, particularly their treatment towards the press.