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BREAKING NEWS: Dr. David Tam-Baryoh arrested and detained on Presidential Order released on bail PDF Print E-mail
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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.

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Sierra Leone Alert: Journalist arrested and detained on Presidential executive order PDF Print E-mail
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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.

- See more at: http://www.mfwa.org/alerts/sierra-leone-alert-journalist-arrested-and-detained-on-presidential-executive-order/#sthash.GXsLYelv.dpuf

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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SLAJ concerned over detained journalist’s health PDF Print E-mail
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Written by press release   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:38

SLAJ is deeply worried about the health condition of David Tam-Baryoh, who is presently detained at the Pademba Road prison on an “Executive Detention Warrant” signed by the President.

David Tam-Baryoh is a hypertensive patient whose blood pressure had risen to a level described by senior physician specialist, Dr. James Russell - who examined him in detention at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday morning - as a “hypertensive emergency”.

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Journalist David Tam Bayoh Arrested PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Expotimes   
Monday, 03 November 2014 20:20

Producer of the Popular Monologue programme, Journalist Dr. David Tam Bayoh has been arrested and detained at the Criminal Investigations Department(CID) in Freetown. Details later

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SLENA Boss To Be Queried PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Yeabu Sesay   
Saturday, 25 October 2014 19:56

Sierra Leone News Agency managing director, Augustus Kamara, has been reported by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication, Paul Sandi, as the person responsible for the lack of growth of that entity.

  He said the SLENA managing Director is the problem – and his recalcitrance has been legendary, which is why SSLENA is in the state it is.

  The permanent secretary was responding to a query from the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Communications about the status of SLENA and other entities under the purview of the Ministry of Information and Communication.

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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

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.

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Media News

Freedom of Expression Violations Rise Sharply in West Africa

The incidents of freedom of expression rights violations in West Africa more than tripled in the first quarter (January-March) of 2017.

Over the three-month period, a total of 47 violations were recorded as against 14 violations for the last quarter (October-December) of 2016. The violations recorded in the quarter under review range from arrests and detentions to physical attacks, online violations, shutdown of media houses, censorship, seizure and destruction of property and killings. The 47 violations occurred in 10 out of the 16 countries in West Africa.

 

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Commentary

Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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View Point

How and Why I endorse Julius Maada Bio for President?

I have

I have endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for the SLPP presidential ticket in the March 7 2018 elections because I strongly believe in his project and ability to succeed as our next president if given the opportunity.  Perhaps I need to provide  some context as to how, when and why I took this decision.

Maada Bio is the second presidential candidate I have ever endorsed in Sierra Leone. The first was late president TejanKabbah during the campaigns in the 1996 general elections, which he won. I was then publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Expo Times, which won the best-selling newspaper award from the National Vendors Association that year. At the time, my newspaper was the largest circulation and most widely read newspaper in the country and my nearest competitors were For Di People and Concord Times. When the presidential election campaigns became heated and the battle lines were clearly drawn with the three front-runners, TejanKabbah of the SLPP, Karefa-Smart of the UNPP, and Thaimu Bangura of PDP (SORBEH), For Di People declared for and endorsed Karefa-Smart and the UNPP while Concord Times declared for and endorsed Thaimu Bangura and the PDP. Dr Prince Harding and Banda-Thomas then approached me to endorse and help TejanKabbah of the SLPP, who was then the clear frontrunner according to Opinion polls, to win the elections. 

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News - Press Release

EU Election Exploratory Mission meets Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

(MFAIC Press Office, 18th October, 2017). The European Union Election Exploratory Mission to Sierra Leone led by Head of European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, H.E. Tom Vens has paid a working visit to the Minister, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara and Senior Management Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the Ministry’s office in Tower Hill, Freetown.

Ambassador Tom Vens stated that the EU Election Exploratory Mission is in Sierra Leone following an invitation by the Government of Sierra Leone for EU Electoral assistance, and to further discuss the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in facilitating EU Observer Mission for the March 2018 elections in the country. The EU Election Exploratory Missionas part of its mandate is in the country to draft and finalise the MOU with the Government of Sierra Leone through the Foreign Ministry.

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Society -Local News

ACC SPEAKS TO MAFFS ON THE PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN

'A nation cannot progress when its citizens allow bribery to prevail over their sense of patriotism', says Simeon D. Sam Crop Officer, Tonkolili Agriculture Office. He made this statement at an awareness raising engagement organized by the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday 4th October 2017.  

Addressing staff of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) at their Post Office Road Office in Magburaka, ACC Public Education Officer Abdulai Saccoh said, the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign is a sustained approach which gives opportunity to ministries, departments and agencies to deal with bribery issues from within their institutions.

Mr. Saccoh stated that the PNB has enabled citizens to interact with the reporting platform, report incidents of bribery using the PNB channels. Saccoh noted that though Tonkolili is not a PNB district, citizens in that part of the country should be aware of the campaign and could use the platform equally.

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Development

U.S. Ambassador launches National Early Warning Systems Project, funded by USAID

On Wednesday, October 18, U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, announced the official launch of the USAID West Africa-funded “Mitigating Election Violence through National Early Warning Systems” (NEWS) project and the inauguration of the National Elections Response Group in Sierra Leone.

Supported by $500,000 from USAID, NEWS is implemented by the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) in Sierra Leone. The focus is to monitor and identify potential electoral violence triggers and assist government and non-government organizations in Sierra Leone to better mitigate them.
The National Elections Response Group (NERG) is a partnership under the NEWS project, between WANEP, the Inter-Religious Council, the Campaign for Good Governance, government stakeholders, representatives from the National Electoral Commission, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Office of National Security (ONS) and a number of civil society organizations.

The primary objective of the National Elections Response Group (NERG) is to monitor the elections environment, develop, and recommend strategies and actions to relevant stakeholders with authority to implement necessary response actions to prevent escalation of tensions or incidence of violence for a peaceful 2018 election. Members of the NERG will work closely with WANEP, the Integrated Election Security Planning Committee under the ONS, Provincial and District Election Security Committees – PROSEC and DISEC with an extensive network of civil society organizations and with 60 community monitors across the country to identify potential risks of electoral violence.

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Politics

PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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