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IMC to be quarantined PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Saturday, 06 December 2014 20:45

Following the death of JPK Lamin, the executive secretary of the independent media commission, of Ebola last weekend, concerned citizens are asking whether it is not appropriate to quarantine workers there for the next 21 days?

  JPK Lamin who got the disease from his wife who had earlier died of it has been buried by the Ebola burial team over the weekend.

  Colleagues at the IMC say JPK Lamin was a dedicated worker, and the same testimony has been made by his former colleagues who knew him while he was secretary to the Cabinet of former President Kabba.

Julius Maada Bio Support Group Reacts to Metro’s Campaign of ‘Hatred and Division’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Saturday, 06 December 2014 00:06


The attention of the Julius Maada Bio (JMB Support Group), has been drawn to an article in the METRO News Extra, with the Caption: “London Paopa Brigade in turmoil”. The article in question   is not only a wishful thinking on the part of the “journalist” that invented the story, but it smacks of desperation on the part of the paper's proprietor.

The JMB Support Group wishes to place on public record the following:

1.That Mr and Mrs Bio wish again to thank all those who attended the birthday celebrations of Mrs Fatima Maada Bio;

2. That  Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio (pictured)and Mrs Fatimata Jabbeh Maada Bio do not wish to be drawn into the infantile and childish game of comparing their guest list with any other event;

SLAJ concludes training for radio journalists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Moses A. Kargbo   
Monday, 24 November 2014 20:23

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has concluded a nationwide training for radio broadcasters on reporting issues around Ebola. A total of 275 broadcasters, drawn from almost all radio stations in the Western Area, Northern, Southern and Eastern Regions of the country, attended the trainings in their respective regions.

The training started in Freetown on November 11 and concluded in the eastern regional headquarter town of Kenema on 20th November.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provided funding for the exercise.

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. David Tam-Baryoh arrested and detained on Presidential Order released on bail PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 14 November 2014 19:47

Dr. David Tam-Baryoh, a journalist who hosts the programme “Monologue” on Citizen Radio in Sierra Leone was released today, Friday, November 14, 2014 at about 3:30 pm, after 10 days in detention even though the executive detention order stated that Tam-Baryoh was arrested for incitement, many believe the authorities wanted to prevent him from further criticizing how the government is handling the Ebola crises.

The journalist was released on a 50 million Leones bail (approximately US$10,000); and has gone home without any charges, but must be reporting at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) every Monday morning.

Sierra Leone Alert: Journalist arrested and detained on Presidential executive order PDF Print E-mail
Written by MFWA   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 19:16

Dr. David Tam-Baryoh, a journalist who hosts the programme “Monologue” on Citizen Radio in Sierra Leone, was arrested and detained at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Freetown on November 3, 2014.

The MFWA’s correspondent in Sierra Leone reported that Dr. Tam-Baryoh, who suffers from high blood pressure, was transferred from the CID office to the hospital at the Pademba Road maximum security prison in Freetown on November 4.

According to our correspondent, even though the executive detention order stated that Tam-Brayoh was arrested for incitement, many believe the authorities wanted to prevent him from further criticising how the government is handling the Ebola crises.

No charges have been filed against the journalist yet.

The president of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) told MFWA’s correspondent that SLAJ is currently working out a plan to petition President Ernest Bai Koroma to release Dr. Tam-Baryoh on medical grounds.

Tam-Brayoh’s “Monologue” programme, which is considered the most popular radio programme in Sierra Leone, has recently caused problems with authorities in Sierra Leone.

On July 5, Tam-Brayoh—who also works as the Director of Citizen Radio—received a letter from Sierra Leone’s media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC), requesting that he suspend “Monologue”. The letter, signed by the Executive Secretary of the IMC, J.P.K Lamin, stated, “I am further directed to convey to you the cabinet conclusion C.P. (2014) at its meeting on 21st May 2014 that the Monologue Programme on Citizen Radio be issued a sixty days suspension order as from 12 o’clock today”.

Tam-Baryoh has also had issues with the country’s Transport and Aviation Minister Leonard Balogun Koroma. For example, a text message he sent seeking clarification was deemed to be seditious libel and police detained him on “orders from above.” He was finally released after posting bail of 100 million Leones (about US $22,500 ).

According to MFWA’s correspondent, the July incident was the first time that a Sierra Leonean President—together with his cabinet—had ordered the IMC to stop a radio programme without stating the reasons. Furthermore, the incident this week is the first time a president has ordered executive detention order to arrest and detain a journalist.

According to the correspondent, it is also the first time since a Sierra Leonean president has issued an executive detention order to arrest and detain a journalist after the country became a democratic state.

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Dr. David Tam-Baryoh, a journalist who hosts the programme “Monologue” on Citizen Radio in Sierra Leone, was arrested and detained at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Freetown on November 3, 2014.

The MFWA’s correspondent in Sierra Leone reported that Dr. Tam-Baryoh, who suffers from high blood pressure, was transferred from the CID office to the hospital at the Pademba Road maximum security prison in Freetown on November 4.

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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.


Business News

Why Parastatals should be Socially Responsible: the Case of NRA

In Sierra Leone, the notion of corporate social responsibility has always been associated with the private sector. No wonder some people see the active involvement of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in corporate social activities as strange, and many have opined that a tax collecting body should not be engaged in corporate social responsibility activities.

However, the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on corporate image is immense, even for tax collecting bodies. The perception that tax collectors are monsters vigorously bent on collecting people's earnings with no care for the environment or the vulnerable in the community they operate is evolving. Indeed, many revenue authorities in Africa are today socially responsible.

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) in an article in its website argues that "the nature of Revenue Collectors' mandate makes them the hill of the nation such that whatever they do is mirrored and echoed by many".


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.



Dr. David Tam-Baryoh: A New Broom in Sierra Leone Politics

Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is a household name in Sierra Leone, mostly because of his“Good Governance” popular radio programme called monologue. In fact the programme has become sopopular that most people prefer to call the presenter “Mr. Monologue”. Recently Mr. Monologue said in two or three of his programmes that he would be going intopolitics. It looked like a joke the first time he said it. But after saying it over threeor four times it is no longer a joke.

So Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is going into politics in 2018. Those who are very closeto him will tell you that this is a fact. The Doctor has made up his mind. Afterdiscussing and editing serious national issues on newspaper pages and on the airwaves for almost twenty five years, hehas decided that he cannot achieve much for the people behind the microphone and the pen. He now wants toengage into something that will make a direct impact on the lives of Sierra Leoneans.

And the Doctor thinks politics is the best way to do this, if we look at politics as“the authoritative allocation of scarce resources within a nation state.” He wants tobe part of the allocation of Sierra Leone’s scarce resources.


View Point

Precious Minerals, Public Trust and Government’s Openness

By late 2001, the Anti Corruption Commission arrested then Sierra Leone's  transport and communications minister, together with his wife, “for involvement in illegal diamond mining” in Kenema district.  Large quantum of illicit diamonds had been found in their possession, according to a BBC report at the time.

With some diamonds said to have been smuggled out of the country by the minister, the incident happened at a time when the rebel war was raging and the key perpetrators- the RUF were also seriously involved in illicit mining and smuggling. The minister was later jailed in 2003 for two years for illegal possession of diamonds.

Amongst other factors, Sierra Leone’s civil war was fuelled mainly by diamond, specifically “conflict diamonds”- those diamonds that originated from territories controlled by rebel forces (UN definition).


News - Press Release

LAB resolves dispute over property in Kissy

The Legal Aid Board’s Alternative Dispute Resolution on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 resolved a long standing dispute in respect of a property on Newcastle Street, in Kissy, Freetown between one Mr. Solomon Samba Mansaray and his seventy-seven year old elder sister Madam Marian Kamara who is in the country on holiday from the United States of America.

The two who had not been on speaking terms were reconciled. Both promised to work together in the interest of peace in the family. In this vein, Madam Marian Kamara agreed to cancel a U$ 400 debt owed by Mr. Mansaray. 

While the tension between the two had been lingering several years,Mr. Mansaray decided to report the matter to the Board in Freetown when he got information that Madam Marian Kamara was planning to sell theproperty.   The owner of the property who is the sister of both parties had died over a decade ago without leaving a will.


Society -Local News

Njala demonstration stretches LAB to the limit

The Legal Aid Board office in Freetown was stretched to the limit following the storming of the office by desperate students ofthe Njala University seeking the intervention of the Board to secure the release of their colleagues who had been arrested and held in police cells around the city.

On a normal weekday, you would expect at least forty people crammed in the Freetown office to seek the services of the Board. The situation on Thursday, March 23 was characterized by mild chaos as too many students wanted to visit the office to provide updates on students arrested by the police.

The team of Legal Aid Board staff comprising Bankole Morgan and Anthony Karim Kamara negotiated the release of five of the six students detained at the Central Police Station. One was not released because of an alleged inflammatory statement to bring the city on its knees.



U.S. Africa Command Launches a 33-Nation Maritime Exercise: Sierra Leone Maritime “Full Speed Ahead”

During March 23-31, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) issponsoring “Obangame Express”, an in-port Command Post exerciseand at-sea maritime exercise designed to enhance maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.The exercise includes 33 partner nations, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). 

The exercise is designed to improve cooperation andinformation sharing, and to refine tactics, techniques and procedures among participating nations.

The “Obangame Express”exercise will be based on realistic modern-day scenarios such as piracy, illegal fishing and hijacking.  During the exercise,Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) will be challenged to recognize illicit acts and share trackinginformation with other MOCs throughout the region.



Ansumana Usman Koroma Urges Sierra Leoneans To Support the Registration Process

The winner of the Pride of Australia Award, Ansumana Usman Koroma popularly known as AUK has called on all Sierra Leoneans within and outside Sierra Leone to support and fully participate in both the ongoing voter registration that has started March 20 to end April 19 2017 and the forthcoming nationwide civil registration process slated April 24 to June 11 2017.

AUK who is a Political and Policy Analyst working in Australia said the mass registration of every citizen is a very important process in the development agenda of the country. He therefore appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to put politics aside and understand that the process would help government consolidate citizens’ data and enhance effective service delivery and improve monitoring of government programmes and policies.

He stressed that the national civil registration authority is created to promote a greater sense of nationalism and common identity.

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