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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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Free Expression Violations: Sierra Leone Update: Newspapers suspended for failing to comply with Media Commission’s sanctions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Media Foundation for West Africa   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 13:38

The Independent Observer and Prime Times newspapers both privately-owned newspapers in Sierra Leone have been suspended for failing to pay a fine imposed on them by the media regulatory body in the country.

The Independent Media Commission (IMC) on February 23, 2015, issued a press release indicating that the two newspapers have been suspended until they comply with the directives.

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Sierra Leone Alert: Journalists warned against reporting on the audit of the Ebola Fund PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Media Foundation for West Africa   
Friday, 20 February 2015 21:40

The Majority Leader in the House of Parliament in Sierra Leone, Ibrahim Bundu, representing Constituency 52 in the Port Loko district in northern Sierra Leone has warned journalists to desist from further discussing the country’s Auditor General’s Report on the management of the Ebola Fund.

The MFWA’s correspondent in Sierra Leone reported that Bundu presented a statement to the House of Parliament on February 17, 2015, which said the Auditor General’s Report on the management of the Ebola Fund falls within the provisions of the country’s constitution and Standing Order 75 of the House of Parliament, which states that such reports cannot be discussed in public or published.

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UNMEER boss commends SLAJ Yellow Ribbon campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by press release   
Monday, 16 February 2015 14:21
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) Saturday, in Freetown, launched a Yellow Ribbon campaign to mobilize the population for the Ebola fight. “The yellow ribbon symbolizes a commitment of individuals, groups and institutions taking action to end Ebola in Sierra Leone and hopefully in the region. It symbolizes a personal commitment to working towards getting rid of Ebola by changing dangerous behaviours,” said Kelvin Lewis, President of SLAJ, at the event.

The Ebola Crisis Manager for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Amadu Kamara, commended the journalists and other Sierra Leoneans for leading the Ebola fight. “We have reached a critical stage in the Ebola fight. We have capacities in place. The only thing left for us to do now is to, as Sierra Leoneans, talk to one another, to our neighbours, our communities, that there should be no complacency.”

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2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul

 

The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.

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Business News

Four illegal fishing cases found in Sierra Leone in four days

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, April 20, 2017/ -- Four illegal fishing cases have been found during a joint surveillance mission conducted by Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org/Africa/en) and Sierra Leone fishery authorities. Two Chinese vessels and one Korean vessel have been arrested for infringements of Sierra Leone fishing legislation, including possessing or using illegal fishing nets on board, no visible marking and a lack of required paperwork, including log books and authorisation for unloading catch. Fishing authorities ordered the vessels to return to Freetown port for further investigation. A fourth vessel, owned by an Italian company, was found with four kilograms of shark fins on board. Though not illegal under Sierra Leonean laws, this is a clear violation of European Union (EU) fishing rules. This boat’s case will be taken further with relevant EU authorities.

In addition, more than 70 bags of shark carcasses were found on one of the Chinese vessels.

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Media News

Press Freedom under Siege in West Africa: 30 Media Workers Arrested in 38 Days

The 30 victims, made up of 15 journalists and 15 media technicians, were arrested, detained and/or assaulted in 10 separate incidents in four countries namely Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Togo. Nigeria recorded six incidents, Cote d’Ivoire recorded two incidents while Guinea and Togo recorded an incident each.

In Nigeria, seven journalists were arrested and detained during the period. In Cote d’Ivoire, six journalists were arrested and detained in a single incident while one journalist each was affected in Guinea and Togo, bringing the total number of journalists affected to 15. In respect of the other media workers, nine staff of a newspaper printing firm were arrested in single incident. In Cote d’Ivoire, six technicians working with the state-owned television station were also arrested in a single incident.

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Commentary

A NEW DAWN FOR JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SIERRA LEONE, PARLIAMENT APPROVES MELRON NICOL-WILSON AS NEW OMBUDSMAN

The Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone has overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Mr Melron Nicol-Wilson as new Ombudsman, on Tuesday April 11, 2017. This follows him being named by H.E President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as the replacement to Justice Edmond Cowan - a long-standing legal icon, who now chairs the Sierra Leone Constitutional Review Committee.

A man whose action speaks louder than words, Mr Nicol-Wilson has been appointed as new Ombudsman for Sierra Leone, a position reserved for high-profile people, who are well-respected and with unblemished character. Mr Nicol-Wilson has the typical pedigree of an Ombudsman, best known both in Sierra Leone and internationally as a champion for justice and human rights.  

The Parliament’s decision to approve Mr Nicol-Wilson was anticipated, as the high-profile human rights lawyer emerged unscathed from an exchange of views with Members of Parliament.

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View Point

ELECTION IS A TESTIMONY TO PEOPLE’S SOVEREIGNTY

(The thoughts expressed in this article are purely and entirely the thoughts of the author)

Election in any democratic setting, include the enjoyment of those rights that will elicit the full participation of individuals in determining the political life of his/her country. An election is a decision making process through which eligible citizens(those who have reached the age of majority, 18 years and above and with sound mind) freely choose their leaders through the ballot box to hold public offices for a specified term.

Generally, people vote with the expectation that the office holders would represent their communitiesand or countries best interest.  Elections are viewed as a central feature of the rule of law, human rights, and democracy. Essentially, election is a testimony to peoples’ sovereignty and that ought to be respected and the process must be credible, otherwise there will be challenge with regards the acceptance of the result.

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News - Press Release

Police reject security for Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally

April 24th 2017: On the occasion of the 56th anniversary of Sierra Leone’s independence, Movement for Social Progress (MSP) had requested the Sierra Leone Police to provide the necessary security for a peaceful Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally that was planned to coincide with the official celebrations. The procession was planned to start from Clock Tower to Brima Atouga Stadium in the East end of the city while the official events are scheduled to take place in the West end of the city.

In a meeting with senior members of the Sierra Leone Police at the SLP headquarters, on Monday 24th April attended by the Inspector General, Francis Munu, the Head of Police Operations, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Al-Sheikh Kamara, AIG Memuna Konteh Jalloh, AIG FUK Dabor, among others, the police top brass told members of MSP that they would not be able to provide security for the procession and rally.

The Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu, informed the meeting that they were overstretched with covering the official events, the traditional masquerade (or Odele) parade as well as the Lantern Parade on the eve of Independence.

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Society -Local News

AG to launch LAB in Waterloo

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has told the people of Waterloo that the Attorney General and Minister of Justice (AG), Hon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara will serve as the keynote speaker at the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the Western Area Rural District on 6 May 2017.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles pointed out thatHon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has served as keynote speaker in all the launches the Board has had around the country. He noted that the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice is the supervisory ministry for the Legal Aid Board and further underlined the importance of having the holder of the office at such events in terms of availing himself with the challenges ordinary people face in accessing the justice system. More importantly, it provides an opportunity for these issues to be discussed by the cabinet.

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Development

LAB wants transports to allocate seats to the blind

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has disclosed plans to launch a White Cane Campaign in the coming weeks.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles made the disclosure while addressing a cross section of the Waterloo Community including stakeholders at the District Council Hall on Monday, 24 April 2017 in a meeting to plan the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the WesternArea Rural District on 6 May 2017.

She noted that the campaign will seek to address the challenges faced by blind people in using public transport. ‘Blind people have been suffering in silence for far too long,’ she said. ‘They have been discriminated against because of their disability and this cannot be tolerated.’

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Politics

SAM SUMANA TRAVELS TO GHANA ON "EMERGENCY TRAVEL CERTIFICATE"
Former elected Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana left Freetown International Airport, Lungi late afternoon Wednesday April 19, 2017 onboard Kenya Airways on an "Emergency Travel Certificate",  en route to Abuja, Nigeria on or about April 23/24, 2017 for the hearing of his petition filed on October 24, 2016 in the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, "seeking an enforcement of his fundamental Human Rights arising from his unconstitutional removal from office, and for further orders contained in the application."
 
"This matter has been set down for hearing by the Court for April 26, 2017."
 
According to a spokesman for the Sam Sumana family Matthias Bendu who was with Sam Sumana at the airport until the aircraft was airborne because of advanced information reaching the family that there would be some problem awaiting Sam Sumana at the airport, Matthias Bendu told this Writer on the cellphone from the airport that Sam Sumana "was detained by Immigration Officers at the airport for more than thirty minutes  after the aircraft  landed, and it was due to the intervention of the Inspector General of Police Francis Munu who told the immigration Officers that Sam Sumana had not committed any crime and must be allowed to travel".
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