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How African Free Expression Organisations Marked Day on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by press statement   
Monday, 09 November 2015 14:09

On Monday November 2, 2015, member organisations of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), made up of the nine most prominent free expression rights advocacy organisations on the continent, joined the global press freedom community to mark the UN-designated International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

AFEX is made up of the Centre for Media Studies and Peacebuilding (CEMESP) in Liberia; Media Rights Agenda (MRA) in Nigeria; Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA);  Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in Ghana; National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) in Somalia; Journalists en Danger (JED) in Democratic Republic of Congo; Human Rights Network of Journalists (HRNJ-U) in Uganda; Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) in Uganda; and the West African Journalists Association (WAJA) in Senegal.

Here are brief highlights of activities carried out by AFEX members to highlight the need for countries to protect journalists and to punish crimes against journalists as a way of fighting impunity.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY: Countries Must Be Committed To Safety Of Journalists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MFWA   
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 20:47

As the world celebrates World Impunity Day today November 2, 2015, the MFWA urges countries in West Africa to be committed to safety of journalists and ensure justice for victims of free expression violations.

In 2013, the UN General Assembly passed a Resolution on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. The Resolution urged Member States to prevent violence against journalists and media workers, ensure accountability and bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media workers. The Resolution also called on States to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference.

According to the MFWA’s Press Freedom Violation Monitoring Report, 100 cases of press freedom violations were recorded in 2014 alone. This included attacks and threats, arbitrary arrests, cases of censorship and punitive fines. Even before 2015 ends, the MFWA has recorded 102 press freedom violations. These violations have mainly been in the form of physical attacks, arbitrary arrests and detentions. More than 130 journalists have been victims of free expression violations.

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IMC CONCLUDES TEN COMPLAINTS: RADIO STATIONS AND NEWSPAPERS FINED PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 11:57

The Independent Media Commission (IMC) has concluded ten (10) complaints against media institutions and practitioners. The Board fined eight newspapers and warned two. The matters were inquired into by the IMC’s Complaints Committee. The Board of the IMC at its meeting of Wednesday 23rd September, 2015 endorsed and ratified the recommendations of the Complaints Committee, and imposed different penalties for breaches of the IMC Media Code of Practice, 2007 and the IMC Act of 2000 as amended in 2006 and 2007.

On the complaint of Mrs. Adama Buya-Kamara against the Managing Editor, Trumpet Newspaper, the IMC Board warned the newspaper and endorsed the Complaints Committee’s recommendations. The Committee had recommended that the newspaper publishes another retraction with due prominence and do a good write-up as promised.  Mrs. Buya-Kamara complained that she had been named in a debt scandal, mentioning the name and position of her husband who was not concerned and knew nothing about the said loan. The Managing Editor told the Committee that upon realizing that the publication had offended Mrs. Buya-Kamara and was also not in the public interest, did a retraction.

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SLAJ disowns pseudo-media group PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 September 2015 06:57

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 – The attention of the Executive of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has been drawn to a group calling itself the 'Media Alliance for Development', which is purportedly going around presenting awards to institutions and individuals and in the process allegedly demanding monies.

SLAJ wishes to make it abundantly clear for the benefit of the general public that its membership does not include ANY of the individuals involved with the so-called Media Alliance for Development.

SLAJ has no relationship whatsoever with this purported group. Media Alliance for Development is NOT and has NEVER been an affiliate or associate of SLAJ, and neither has any of its members.

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Suspension of Monologue Program and Democrat Newspaper by IMC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by SLAJ   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 23:54

Following the Press Release issued by the Independent Media Commission (IMC) suspending the “Monologue program” broadcast on Citizen Radio and Eagle FM, and also The Democrat Newspaper, the executive of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) notes that the Press Release did not state any provisions in the IMC Act under which they took the decision ‘to suspend while investigating’ the Monologue program.

SLAJ frowns at this decision and is concerned that such procedure is an inappropriate precedent, which must not be condoned.

SLAJ therefore calls for a reversal of this decision forthwith and for the IMC to proceed speedily with a proper investigation.

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Editorial

26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.

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Business News

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.

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Media News

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.

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Commentary

Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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View Point

How and Why I endorse Julius Maada Bio for President?

I have

I have endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for the SLPP presidential ticket in the March 7 2018 elections because I strongly believe in his project and ability to succeed as our next president if given the opportunity.  Perhaps I need to provide  some context as to how, when and why I took this decision.

Maada Bio is the second presidential candidate I have ever endorsed in Sierra Leone. The first was late president TejanKabbah during the campaigns in the 1996 general elections, which he won. I was then publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Expo Times, which won the best-selling newspaper award from the National Vendors Association that year. At the time, my newspaper was the largest circulation and most widely read newspaper in the country and my nearest competitors were For Di People and Concord Times. When the presidential election campaigns became heated and the battle lines were clearly drawn with the three front-runners, TejanKabbah of the SLPP, Karefa-Smart of the UNPP, and Thaimu Bangura of PDP (SORBEH), For Di People declared for and endorsed Karefa-Smart and the UNPP while Concord Times declared for and endorsed Thaimu Bangura and the PDP. Dr Prince Harding and Banda-Thomas then approached me to endorse and help TejanKabbah of the SLPP, who was then the clear frontrunner according to Opinion polls, to win the elections. 

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News - Press Release

CrPcEPd Life-saving jingle hits the airwaves

Freetown- 9 October 2017 – A new jingle that forewarns Sierra Leonean about the dangers of residing in disaster-prone communities will be released on 10 October 2017.

The 1:30-second radio jingle, aired twice daily for 70 days will be aired on seven major radio stations across the country.

The radio announcement is in Krio, the country’s Lingua Franca, and Mende, Themne and Kono- the widely spoken languages in Sierra Leone.

When radio-lovers tune in on Tuesday morning and evening for the next 70 days they will be informed about the changes in the weather.

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Society -Local News

ACC COMMISSIONER LAUNCHES PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN IN KONO DISTRICT

The Commissioner, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Ady Macauley Esq., on Monday 2nd October, 2017 officially launched the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign in Kono District. The PNB in the first phase had targeted, Western Area Urban and Rural, Bombali, Bo and Kenema Districts.

In his keynote address at the District Council Hall, Koidu City, Mr. Macauley  called on all Sierra Leoneans to fight bribery and petty corruption very seriously, stating that their consequences are debilitating. 

He thanked the Department for International Development (DFID) for the support provided to the ACC in the implementation of the PNB and assured that the ACC will play its part to ensuring a successful implementation of the campaign. Commissioner further commended the MDAs implementing the PNB and highlighted the astute and formidable leadership demonstrated by the Inspector General of Police (IG) Francis Munu as the SLP has dismissed and terminated police officers for various acts of corruption and malfeasance and instructed the dismantling of 23 illegal checkpoints nationwide.

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Development

THE CASE FOR REFORM OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL
  1. In recent years many UN member States have begun urging a change of the Security Council more so by demands of African states led by Sierra Leone.
  2. The main argument for reform is that change is necessary to make the Security Council more reflective of today’s International realities.
  3. Since the Council was created in 1945 more than a hundred and ninety two nations have come into existence and former defeated states in the last World War such as Germany, Japan and Italy have rejoined the World Community. While many developing states have become economic and trade dynamos yet the Security Council still operates on the same basic principles and with the same P5 (permanent Five) UK, USA, CHINA, FRANCE and USSR.

 

Sierra Leone has consistently and with farvour put the case for Africa at every fora upto some weeks ago in New York but it is difficult to assess the response of the UN or the P 5 respectively.

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Politics

PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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