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Sierra Leone Update: Continued investigation of journalist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MFWA   
Friday, 06 February 2015 19:15

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Sierra Leone invited Dr. David Tam-Baryoh, a journalist who hosts the programme “Monologue” on Citizen Radio in Sierra Leone, to the CID headquarters on January 31, 2015.

MFWA’s correspondent in the country reported that Tam-Brayoh’s presence was requested during a transcription of a tape which allegedly contained an interview he conducted with the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Publicity Secretary Musa Tamba Sam in October 2014.

The journalist, however, did not honour the invitation.

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Good Job IRN & 98.1, But! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elias L. Bangura - +23278326422/elbangura@gmail.com   
Monday, 02 February 2015 16:20

This Ebola scourge has brought in an experience to us, a realization that none of us will forget for the rest of our lives – and not a bit of that realization is joyful.

  Together, the opposition and the government have set aside their differences, and returned united to evict Ebola from Sierra Leone. In one word, everyone is on board now in this fight, including civil society and the media.

 The media, without exaggeration, is in the lead role, and remains committed to it – but it’s for a price, according to Parliament. And the price is huge – it runs into thousands of dollars.

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IRN Co-ordinator urges Radio Bontico to be independent PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk), reporting from Bonthe   
Monday, 19 January 2015 13:32

As the only community radio in the district headquarter town of Bonthe, Radio Bontico, increases its coverage span from 100 to 700 watts the national Co-ordinator of the Independent Radio Network (IRN), Ransford Wright, urges the station to give access to everybody and avoid being partisan.

“IRN is particular about the independence of its member radio stations. They must be non-partisan and should give a level playing field and access to everybody. That’s why we are called Independent Radio Network,” says Wright, adding that they will terminate the membership of any radio station that fails to adhere to this key value.

Wright’s appeal comes in the wake of a donation of complete brand new radio station equipment last week to Radio Bontico, thanks to IRN through support from UNESCO. The equipment includes a 700 watts transmitter, mixer, two desktop computers already installed with editing and production software, digital recorders, five microphones and five microphone table stands, and professional cables.

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JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY THE SIERRA LEONE ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS (SLAJ) AND THE VETERANS JOURNALISTS UNION (VeJU) ON THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE FRENCH NEWS MAGAZINE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by PRESS STATEMENT   
Saturday, 10 January 2015 21:36

The armed attack on colleague Journalists of the satirical news magazine, Charlie Hebdo in France has been received with shock and dismay by freedom lovers the world over. The brazen and dastardly terrorist attack resulted in the cold-blooded murder of twelve people, including ten staff members and many more injured.

The nature and form of the terrorist operation, under the guise of religious extremism, indicates that the objective is to deal a fatal blow to the fundamental human right, of the free expression of views and ideas, which are essential components of democratic governance.

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False Allegation against Hon. Simon Huges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Disabled International Foundation Sierra Leone (DIF-SIL)   
Saturday, 20 December 2014 19:25

Members of the Disabled International Foundation (DIF-SIL) would like to register our utter dismay and disappointment over a publication in the NewsWatch newspaper of Sierra Leone, following a front page of Wednesday 10th December 2014 “UK SUSPEND FUNDING TO SALONE.“

Disabled International Foundation views the publication as deliberately out of context and a figment of the writer’s imagination and would therefore condemn such publication entirely.

The publication follows a meeting involving Sierra Leonean Organisations and Stakeholders at the House of Common (BRITISH PARLIAMENT) on the 8th of December 2014 in London coordinated by our CEO Imambay Kadie Kamara, which was hosted by the British Minister of Justice and Civil Liberties, Rt.Hon. Simon Huges (MP for Bermondsey and Southwark), Baroness Northover (Undersecretary of State at the Department for International Development) and Jonathan Tostevin (Representing DFID).

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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

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

44 Journalists in Beijing for China Development Studies and Media Exchange

The 4th session of the China Africa Press Center (CAPC) Program hosted by the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) was officially launched on Wednesday 1st March 2017 in Beijing, China. This year’s event is running simultaneously with the China South Asia Center 2017 program. Both programs brought together forty-four journalists from Africa and South Asia.

The program you will give journalists the opportunity to cover major domestic and international events in China such as the upcoming Two Sessions, i.e, the 5th Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) and the 5th Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese

People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (similar to Parliamentary sessions in many countries) in March, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May and the 9th BRICS Summit in Autumn this year.

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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

Malaria continues to threaten more than half of the world’s population - Deputy Health Minister

Sierra Leone has joined other countries in the world to commemorated World Malaria Day on the theme: “End Malaria For Good” with the slogan: “Sleep under a Mosquito net always” on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at the St. Anthony Parish hall Brookfields in Freetown.

Launching the World Malaria Day 2017, the Sierra Leone Malaria Indicator Survey 2016 Report and the Sierra Leone Malaria Business Plan 2016 -2018, the Deputy Health and Sanitation  Minister 1, Madam Madina Rahman said malaria continues to threaten more than half of the world’s population and presents an alarming threat to global development.

She informed her audience that as of 2016, an estimated 3.2 billion people, almost half of the world’s population in 97 countries and territories including Sierra Leone are at risk of being infected with malaria.

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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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