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SLAJ PRESS RELEASE ON IMPERSONATION PDF Print E-mail
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Written by PRESS STATEMENT   
Sunday, 29 March 2015 22:12

It has come to the attention of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) that a certain unscrupulous individual has been using an Africell Sim Card 077-938-596 to impersonate our Secretary General Moses Kargbo.

The said individual has been calling senior SLAJ members informing them of an alleged SLAJ meeting at 8pm Thursday 26th March 2015.

The SLAJ executive wishes to completely dissociate itself from any such alleged meeting and to make it known to the general public that SLAJ has never held any general meetings at night.

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Media Houses warned against publishing inciting stories PDF Print E-mail
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Written by press release   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:07

The attention of the Independent Media Commission (IMC) has been drawn to a series of publications and broadcasts on issues relating to the Vice Presidency of Sierra Leone.

The IMC, an institution that promotes a free and responsible media, would like to remind the media institutions that while they are at liberty to source and determine their contents without any interference, they must do so within the set standards and ethics of the profession.

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Press Release on Political Tension in the Country PDF Print E-mail
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Written by slaj press release   
Saturday, 21 March 2015 21:45

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) is aware of the political tension arising out of the All People’s Congress (APC) party dismissing Alhaji Sam Sumana and President Koroma consequently “relieving” his Vice President (Alhaji Sam Sumana) off his duties.

SLAJ is concerned about the serious and fundamental issues raised about the constitutionality or non-constitutionality of the actions being taken by the President, which has provoked widespread public disaffection.

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Tribute to a Fair Press Doyen: Lansana Fofana (Lans Fofie). PDF Print E-mail
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Written by From: Victor Reider and Family   
Monday, 16 March 2015 16:52

In this journey of life, I came to accept from experience that there is hardly any true friend; including some of our siblings, as man by nature tend to be self-centered for the most part with the innumerable flaws of envy, jealousy, greed and perversion save for the undeniable truth; that to every phenomenon, there is the contrary or if you please, the opposite.  Lans Fofie, my friend, was one such opposite.

In the midst of unsavory competition and the failure of most to define their purpose on the world stage, there has and will always be room for those who having discovered and defined their reason d’etre, justified the concept of diversity in unity; that to every predator, there is a fine mind to deliver the finest of humanity in the labor room of life. Lans Fofie was one such light that illuminated the dark fears of all those who knew him with his ever ready broad laughter that continues to ring in my ears even as I write this unfamiliar piece.

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Free Expression Violations Sierra Leone Alert: Regulatory body sanctions newspapers and radio station to remedy unprofessionalism PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MFWA   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 21:56

Sierra Leone’s media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC) has fined five newspapers—Torchlight, The Informant, Standard Times, Metro and Independent Observer—and Radio Bankasoka for breaching provisions in the IMC Act of 2000 (amended in 2006 and 2007) and the Media Code of Practice of 2007.

The MFWA’s correspondent in Sierra Leone reported that the Independent Observer newspaper, which was recently suspended for failing to pay an IMC fine, has been fined three million Leones (about US$675) for breaching the Indecency and Pornographic Materials principle of the IMC Code of Practice of 2007. The breach followed the newspaper’s publication of pornographic and indecent material in its “Weekend Wahala” column of February 13, 2015.

The Torchlight Newspaper was fined a sum of two million Leones (US$450) for publishing its February 19, edition without an imprint.

The Informant, Standard Times and Metro newspapers were each fined one million (about US$225) Leones for the breach of the IMC accuracy principle.

On January 19, 2015, The Informant newspaper published an article titled “Deputy Minister Threatens to Kill Sierra Leonean Musician”. This article accused the country’s Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Karamoko Kabba of threatening a musician, Ibrahim Kemoh commonly called “Kemzo B”.

The Metro published offending articles against Ansumana Jaia Kaikai, a Member of Parliament. The articles “Ansu Kaikai Who?” and “Ansu Jaiah Kaikai denies holding Presidential Ambition” were published on January 7, 2015 and January 9, 2015, respectively.

On September 14, 2014, the Standard Times newspaper published an article headlined “MP Implicated in Le200M Agric. Project”. The IMC said the newspaper failed to “make all reasonable efforts to check and cross-check the accuracy of the issues in the story before publication”.

Radio Bankasoka was also fined one million Leones for breaching the principle of accuracy, truth and impartiality.

According to the correspondent, in addition to the penalties, The Informant, Standard Times and Metro newspapers, and Radio Bankasoka were instructed to write a letter of apology to the complainants. The media organisations are also required to publish/broadcast three retractions with the same prominence given the articles/broadcast.

They are to pay the fines within seven working days, failing which the publication/broadcast will be suspended until the fines are paid.

The IMC has also warned the Managing Editors of the Nation and Exclusive newspapers and the Proprietor of the All-Met Business Journal newspaper.

The MFWA once again calls on the Sierra Leonean media to adhere to the IMC Code of Conduct and uphold the highest standards of professionalism. 

- See more at: http://www.mfwa.org/fev.php?article_ID=427#sthash.ZJweerJB.dpuf

Sierra Leone’s media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC) has fined five newspapers—Torchlight, The Informant, Standard Times, Metro and Independent Observer—and Radio Bankasoka for breaching provisions in the IMC Act of 2000 (amended in 2006 and 2007) and the Media Code of Practice of 2007.

The MFWA’s correspondent in Sierra Leone reported that the Independent Observer newspaper, which was recently suspended for failing to pay an IMC fine, has been fined three million Leones (about US$675) for breaching the Indecency and Pornographic Materials principle of the IMC Code of Practice of 2007. The breach followed the newspaper’s publication of pornographic and indecent material in its “Weekend Wahala” column of February 13, 2015.

The Torchlight Newspaper was fined a sum of two million Leones (US$450) for publishing its February 19, edition without an imprint.

The Informant, Standard Times and Metro newspapers were each fined one million (about US$225) Leones for the breach of the IMC accuracy principle.

On January 19, 2015, The Informant newspaper published an article titled “Deputy Minister Threatens to Kill Sierra Leonean Musician”. This article accused the country’s Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Karamoko Kabba of threatening a musician, Ibrahim Kemoh commonly called “Kemzo B”.

The Metro published offending articles against Ansumana Jaia Kaikai, a Member of Parliament. The articles “Ansu Kaikai Who?” and “Ansu Jaiah Kaikai denies holding Presidential Ambition” were published on January 7, 2015 and January 9, 2015, respectively.

On September 14, 2014, the Standard Times newspaper published an article headlined “MP Implicated in Le200M Agric. Project”. The IMC said the newspaper failed to “make all reasonable efforts to check and cross-check the accuracy of the issues in the story before publication”.

Radio Bankasoka was also fined one million Leones for breaching the principle of accuracy, truth and impartiality.

According to the correspondent, in addition to the penalties, The Informant, Standard Times and Metro newspapers, and Radio Bankasoka were instructed to write a letter of apology to the complainants. The media organisations are also required to publish/broadcast three retractions with the same prominence given the articles/broadcast.

They are to pay the fines within seven working days, failing which the publication/broadcast will be suspended until the fines are paid.

The IMC has also warned the Managing Editors of the Nation and Exclusive newspapers and the Proprietor of the All-Met Business Journal newspaper.

The MFWA once again calls on the Sierra Leonean media to adhere to the IMC Code of Conduct and uphold the highest standards of professionalism. 

- See more at: http://www.mfwa.org/fev.php?article_ID=427#sthash.ZJweerJB.dpufSierra Leone’s media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC) has fined five newspapers—Torchlight, The Informant, Standard Times, Metro and Independent Observer—and Radio Bankasoka for breaching provisions in the IMC Act of 2000 (amended in 2006 and 2007) and the Media Code of Practice of 2007.

The MFWA’s correspondent in Sierra Leone reported that the Independent Observer newspaper, which was recently suspended for failing to pay an IMC fine, has been fined three million Leones (about US$675) for breaching the Indecency and Pornographic Materials principle of the IMC Code of Practice of 2007. The breach followed the newspaper’s publication of pornographic and indecent material in its “Weekend Wahala” column of February 13, 2015.

The Torchlight Newspaper was fined a sum of two million Leones (US$450) for publishing its February 19, edition without an imprint.

The Informant, Standard Times and Metro newspapers were each fined one million (about US$225) Leones for the breach of the IMC accuracy principle.

On January 19, 2015, The Informant newspaper published an article titled “Deputy Minister Threatens to Kill Sierra Leonean Musician”. This article accused the country’s Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Karamoko Kabba of threatening a musician, Ibrahim Kemoh commonly called “Kemzo B”.

The Metro published offending articles against Ansumana Jaia Kaikai, a Member of Parliament. The articles “Ansu Kaikai Who?” and “Ansu Jaiah Kaikai denies holding Presidential Ambition” were published on January 7, 2015 and January 9, 2015, respectively.

On September 14, 2014, the Standard Times newspaper published an article headlined “MP Implicated in Le200M Agric. Project”. The IMC said the newspaper failed to “make all reasonable efforts to check and cross-check the accuracy of the issues in the story before publication”.

Radio Bankasoka was also fined one million Leones for breaching the principle of accuracy, truth and impartiality.

According to the correspondent, in addition to the penalties, The Informant, Standard Times and Metro newspapers, and Radio Bankasoka were instructed to write a letter of apology to the complainants. The media organisations are also required to publish/broadcast three retractions with the same prominence given the articles/broadcast.

They are to pay the fines within seven working days, failing which the publication/broadcast will be suspended until the fines are paid.

The IMC has also warned the Managing Editors of the Nation and Exclusive newspapers and the Proprietor of the All-Met Business Journal newspaper.

The MFWA once again calls on the Sierra Leonean media to adhere to the IMC Code of Conduct and uphold the highest standards of professionalism.
- See more at: http://www.mfwa.org/fev.php?article_ID=427#sthash.ZJweerJB.dpuf

Sierra Leone’s media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC) has fined five newspapers—Torchlight, The Informant, Standard Times, Metro and Independent Observer—and Radio Bankasoka for breaching provisions in the IMC Act of 2000 (amended in 2006 and 2007) and the Media Code of Practice of 2007.

The MFWA’s correspondent in Sierra Leone reported that the Independent Observer newspaper, which was recently suspended for failing to pay an IMC fine, has been fined three million Leones (about US$675) for breaching the Indecency and Pornographic Materials principle of the IMC Code of Practice of 2007. The breach followed the newspaper’s publication of pornographic and indecent material in its “Weekend Wahala” column of February 13, 2015.

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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

PARLIAMENT RATIFIES TWO AGREEMENTS TO IMPROVE ON PORTS FACILITIES

The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Monday 04th December 2017 debated and ratified two additional agreements aimed at improving and expanding Ports facilities in Sierra Leone to be at par with international best practices.

Presenting both Agreements prior to ratification, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Balogun Koroma said that the additional Agreements are geared towards addressing some of the concerns raised by MPs, in respect of expanding our Ports facilities to accommodate larger vessels, and the issuance of license with the view of combating money laundering, contra-band goods, and attracting more funds for Government.

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House, also supported the ratification of the two Agreements, saying if our Ports are not developed, we would not be able to attract huge vessels; thus the need for the continuous improvement of our Ports facilities.

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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

Reasons why Sierra Leoneans Must Think beyond Tribal and Regional Lines Before Casting their Ballots This Time

As the national or general elections loom in Sierra Leone and, as a true citizen, I solemnly pray and hope with all hopes that Sierra Leoneans of the voting age will consider carefully who they would vote for, come March 2018. The divisive and immature nature of politics as it exists in Sierra Leone has, to a greater extent, contributed to the country lagging behind nearly all other countries in terms of progressive development. My readers should be mindful of the fact that certain countries in Africa would rather develop retrogressively than progressively, a situation wherein governments embark on ego-boosting programs that aren’t beneficial to the average citizen.

A government which expends its energy for the benefit of the people is a progressive government and that is what Sierra Leoneans want at this time after being in the doldrums for ages. It is therefore absolutely necessary for fellow citizens to refrain from casting their valued votes in favor of candidates because of tribal or regional affiliations but on how genuine and capable that candidate is, otherwise stagnation in progress is bound to follow.

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View Point

Youth Unemployment Is A Killer Virus In Sierra Leone

“I studied Sociology at NjalaUniversity and graduated in 2015 but still unemployed despite several interviews being attended. I am currently awaiting my MSc at Njala University which is to be awarded early next year,” said 29 year old MabintyKamara.

“I graduated in 2012 with Honours from the Department of Accounting, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I have sent several job applications; the only long job I got was with the International Medical Corps during the deadly Ebola virus and since then no job. I was also a volunteer teacher but the Minister of Education, Science and Technology did not approve me and others after almost a year of voluntary service so I quit,” said 31 year old Mohamed LaminKanneh.

In Sierra Leone, despite the numerous promises made by President Ernest BaiKoroma to figuratively ‘lay his life for the youth,’ unemployment among youth is one of the highest with no end in sight to reduce the spate of this social menace. According to the United Nations Development Program, approximately 70% of youth are underemployed or unemployed and an estimated 800,000 youth today are actively searching for employment.

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News - Press Release

Sierra Leone receives US$10 Million Supplemental Financing from World Bank as support to Landslide and Flooding

FREETOWN, December 13, 2017 —The World Bank Group has approved aSupplemental Financing (SF) in the amount of US$10 million to help the Government of Sierra Leone meet immediate needs associated with the landslide and flooding disaster that struck Freetown on August 14, 2017.The SF is a grant, provided as a supplemental budget support operation that will flow directly into the Government’s budget.

The funding, under the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), will ensure that the reforms supported under thisoperation remain on track and are implemented without the risk of delays due to competing capacity or budgetary priorities arising from the post-disaster recovery. It will also help with the rebuilding of critical infrastructuredestroyed during the landslide and flooding.

Since the end of the Ebola epidemic, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) has initiated substantive reforms to boost productivity, restore fiscal stability, and gradually rebuild buffers. The Government initiated substantive reforms, focusing on agriculture, fisheries and energy, supported by the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), to boost productivity and start rebuilding the country's buffers.

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Society -Local News

John Baimba Sesay: The Diplomat who Deserves Parliamentary Representation

John Baimba Sesay is a native of Kapethe Village, Safroko Limba Chiefdom, with chiefdom headquarter town of Binkolo, in Constituency 034, Bombali District. The Constituency covers Safroko Limba and Pakimasabong Chiefdoms in the same district.

Born in the early 1980’s, he holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) Mass Communication, with Hons, 2004-2008 from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He also holds a post graduate Master of Arts (MA), Mass Communication (2009- June 2010) degree from the same university.

John Baimba is my colleague based in Beijing. Having worked for a number of daily newspapers, including, Independent Observer, For Di People and Awoko, he has a wealth of experience in journalism.

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Development

World Bank Group Boosts Financing for West African Power Pool Regional Power Transmission Project

FREETOWN, December13, 2017 —The World Bank Group on November 17, 2017 approved Additional Financing in the amount of US$59.57 million to West African Power Pool (WAPP) - Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) PowerInterconnection Project, which aims to increase electricity supply in the four participating countries.

The project will interconnect the four participating countries into the 225 kV (kilo volt) regional energy market in West Africa, and will also enable the connection to the WAPP of the planned hydropower plants in Bumbuna Extension, Yiben and Bekongor in Sierra Leone and Mount Coffee in Liberia and other future generation projects.

The Project will provide residents of Greater Monrovia Area in Liberia; Bo, Kenema and the Western Areas in Sierra Leone; and the Forest Region of Guinea, with improvements in power supplies in the short-term. It also pursues a regional infrastructure developmental approach that will provide over the medium- to long-term adequate electricity to the people of the four countries in a more efficient and cost effective way, boosting economic and social development.

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Politics

It will not be Business as Usual…Bio assures Diaspora

He was passionate, confident and assuring as he addressed hundreds of Sierra Leoneans at the prestigious Royal Regency Hall in London on Saturday 9th December 2017 with a very simple message that as the next President it will not be business as usual. For a man who has a solid track record as a disciplinarian, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio continues to attract many voters who feel the country needs a strong and disciplined leadership.

Cataloguing the current state of the country, Bio spoke about a divided country, the poor drowning in poverty, rich swimming in affluence, poor governance, battered economy, high public debt, third hungriest country, high inflation among others . He also reminded his audience that many of the things which necessitated the war such as bad governance, mismanagement of the economy, injustice have been the features of the current APC Government.

However, Bio's message was not just about the doom and gloom but also making a case why he is the right choice that the country needs. He spoke about his track record, experience and how he has always put his country first. "Some have come with slogan, country first, but I served my country first at a very tender age. I did not go around the world to work and come back old to say country first. When I was young I gave my life to our country," a passionate Bio said.

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