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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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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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Editorial

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

ACC CAPACITATES SIERRA LEONE COMMERCIAL BANK STAFF ON ANTI-BRIBERY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION ISSUES

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on the request of the Management of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) on Thursday 20th July, 2017 commenced anti- bribery and anti-corruption training with staff of the Bank.

The training which was held in the Bank's Conference Room 9th Floor, Christian Smith Building 29/31 Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown attracted over twenty members of the Executive Management.

Addressing colleagues, the Managing Director, SLCB, Idrissa Aloma Kamara disclosed that the Bank has integrated into the Bank's operations anti-corruption measures, such as the development of anti-corruption policy, anti-graft messages inscribed on Bank Statements and sensitization of staff on the dangers of corruption. With all these, the MD stated, it is the view of the Bank that the ACC which is the statutory body responsible for the campaign against corruption be brought in, to provide awareness training on anti-bribery issues for an efficient and effective banking system.

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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

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT

A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT:  44TH EDITION

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT
 Your Excellency Sir,
 It’s been six months since I subscribed to my usual publications of this piece. And this is primarily because I have been out of the country for the entire period, and as such would not normally objectively tender a subscription. I do apologize to my readers for this. So having being in Monrovia, Liberia for the recently concluded ECOWAS Summit, I would like to do some analysis on such a historic august body and gathering of this sub-Saharan/West African region.
 
In resume, among other crucial achievements, ECOWAS, through its military apparatus, ECOMOG, played very sacrificial and invaluable roles in bringing peace, security and democratic governance to both Sierra Leone and Liberia during their past civil wars, and most recently ensuring that the Gambian people’s democratic change of government from the notorious dictatorial twenty seven years regime of Yaya Jarmeh, to the current government of President Adama Barrow, through their tactical robust intervention, overseen by President Helen JohnsonSirleaf of Liberia and other ECOWAS Presidents/actors, was enforced. Furthermore, ECOWAS has also spearheaded the enactment of several socio-political, advocacy and economic treaties in the sub region.
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View Point

WHY SIERRA LEONEANS HATE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

Honestly speaking Sierra Leoneans are well known for their hospitality all over the world, especially in Africa. But ironically many of them hate each other. But they love foreigners. They have high respect for strangers. But unfortunately they do not have respect among themselves. You can attest this to what is happening in the social media. Where they are showing their pull him down (PhD) syndrome. By castigating their compatriots unnecessarily. Some of them just because of jealousy and envious evil spirit they possess. They prefer to promote foreigners than their own brothers and sisters both in and out of the country.

Day in day out they are insulting each other.They are using all sorts of vulgar languages against each other. And even their own highly respected president in the world, President Ernest Bai Koroma they are insulting him openly. Therefore, it is an open secret that many Sierra Leoneans are not well cultured.

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News - Press Release

Regent village head calls on LAB to tackle domestic violence

The village head for Regent, Ms. Jokomie Browne has called on the Legal Aid Board to help curb the increase in incidence of domestic violence in the Regent Community in the outskirts of the capital Freetown.

Ms. Browne wants the Board to hold outreach events in the village to educate the people on issues of law relating to domestic violence, gender, women’s rights, redress mechanisms and support services for victims.

‘We want to benefit from the Legal Aid Board’s Legal Empowerment Programme because there is an urgent need for one in the community,’ Ms. Browne told the Executive Director of the Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles on the phone. ‘The situation is desperate. I am afraid if you do not come in now the situation could spiral out of control.’

The call follows series of referral of victims of domestic violence to the Legal Aid Board office in Freetown. The latest victim sent to the Board is one Baindu who was battered by her boyfriend Borbor Abu in the presence of their one year old son.

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Society -Local News

China-Aid Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project hand over Agriculture Materials to the Ministry of Agriculture

On  21st July ,2017 at a handing over ceremony held at Ogoo Farm in Freetown, China-Aid Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project Team handed agricultural materials to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS). 

The items include seed rice, maize, agro chemicals, fertilizer, pesticides and power tillers for farmers within the western area district. Dignitaries present included The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Food security Prof. Monty Jones and his entourage ,  Mr Shen Xiaokai, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone, the District agricultural officer, the Chinese technical team, National federation of farmers Sierra Leone representative and lot of farmers in the western Area.

During his statement, Mr Shen said for over 40 years China has been fulfilling its commitment to Sierra Leone with regard the agricultural technical cooperation project.

He said China will continue to assist Sierra Leone in its developmental strides by providing technical support and assistance and by also providing training to help develop the human resource capacity of the workforce.

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Development

30 Staff of the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development will go China for Seminar on Economic Planning

Thirty (30) staff of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development will depart the shore of Freetown to China on 14th August 2017. The purpose of their trip is to attend a seminar on Medium and Long-Term Economic planning for Sierra Leone. The National Development and Reform Commission of China will organize the seminar from 16th August to 7th September 2017 in the capital city of Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

The Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, Mr. Shen Xiaokai met with the 30 participants at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) on 2rd August 2017. In his remarks he told the participants that in December 2016, His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Momodu Kargbo visited China, where they had high level bilateral meetings with Chinese Government Officials. 

He said this seminar is as a result of those meetings. “When China makes a commitment, China will fulfil it” he reiterated. He said The Ministry of Finance is one of the most important ministries in this country, therefore this seminar was designed specifically to meet the needs of the ministry.

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Politics

News from China, June 28th: Youth Affairs Minister addresses 2017 Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation in Capacity Development in Beijing, China
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Youth Affairs has said, the 2017 Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation in Capacity Development hosted by the Chinese government should help enhance the ties of friendship and foster the wheels of bilateral cooperation between the two nations and particularly strengthen cooperation in the field of human resource development.
 
Hon. Bai Mamoud Bangura spoke on Wednesday, 28th June, 2017, at the start of the week long Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation, which has brought together participants from various countries, including eight (8) from Sierra Leone.
 
According to minister Bangura, in line with the spirit of friendship and cooperation, the event could serve as an opportunity to jointly define new strategic directions in Sierra Leone’s ties with China and in opening up another episode of friendship and cooperation between the two.
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