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Information Minister arrives in Beijing, pursues investment in SLBC’s digitalization PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Baimba Sesay   
Sunday, 19 June 2016 21:02
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communications has assured of his committed zest towards transforming the sector especially in the area of digital television, making  clear, that when the country's public broadcaster- SLBC goes digital, it  should be viewed as a development for the country and not for the President or himself as Minister.
 
Mohamed Bangura spoke on Friday 17th June, 2016, in Beijing, during a meeting with the Chairman of StarTimes Communication Network Technology, a company that had, earlier expressed the desire to invest its financial resources in Sierra Leone by providing Sierra Leoneans access to quality and affordable digital television.
 
According to Minister Bangura, Sierra Leone has been working towards digitalizing SLBC but  faced with challenges among which the ebola outbreak, which he said, even prevented the country from meeting the 2015 deadline given by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the realization of digitalization of television broadcasting by Member States.
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Invitation to SLAJ Presidential Debate 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by reporters' union   
Monday, 30 May 2016 11:41

As part of our traditional we are organizing a debate session for candidates aspiring for executive positions, especially for President and Vice President, in the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), the elections of which is scheduled for this year’s Triennial General Meeting in the Southern city of Bo on June 4th 2016.

This year’s debate, which is supported by the Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG) on the theme: SLAJ: The Last Man Standing; How Do We Remain Standing?, is on the 31st May, 2016 at the Miatta Conference Hall Youyi Building Brookfields, Freetown at 12 Midday.

The session will be broadcast live on various radio stations,Star and AYV Television.

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SLAJ ELECTORAL COMMISSION (SLAJEC) Press Release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by press statement   
Saturday, 21 May 2016 11:21

Freetown, May 20th 2016: The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists Electoral Commission (SLAJEC) wishes to inform the membership of SLAJ that it received a letter dated 17th May, 2016 from Ibrahim Brima Samura, the Campaign Manager of the "Stanley Bangura for SLAJ President 2016 Campaign Team," "petitioning the SLAJ Verification Process."

SLAJEC would like to inform the membership of SLAJ that it would treat the petition with the seriousness it deserves. Therefore, SLAJEC is in consultations with all relevant actors within the Association and the National Elections Commissions (NEC) with the object to settling the matter amicably.     

To that end, SLAJEC has asked the executive of SLAJ to kindly extend the deadline for payment of dues to Tuesday, 24th May, 2016 to give the Commission additional time to look into the allegations raised, and to come up with a decision that would inform the compilation of the final voter register. In addition, the extension of the deadline would enable some members of SLAJ to meet their financial obligations to the Association, which is a fundamental perquisite for the exercise of their franchise on June 4.

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Announcement: U.S. Embassy Fellowship Award Opportunity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pres statement   
Sunday, 15 May 2016 01:46

The U.S. Mission in Sierra Leone is pleased to offer the opportunity for members of the media to submit story ideas/proposals for:

? Impact of Climate Change in Sierra Leone

? Promoting Girls’ Leadership

? A Free Press in a Democratic Society

Eligibility

Practicing journalists currently working and attached to a media house in Sierra Leone are invited to apply. Story ideas should be accompanied with a support letter from the Editor/News Manager stating the intent to publish news features that are selected. Fellowships are awarded to journalists whose story ideas show the greatest potential to advance awareness of one of the following: 1) climate change, 2) girls’ leadership and 3) press freedom in democratic societies.

Twenty winning story proposals will be awarded a Fellowship of $400 each to produce their stories - (70% to do the story and 30% upon completion). After selection, journalists have one month to produce their stories. Please, no double entries from individuals as these will be disqualified.

A panel of judges will select the best three stories and will receive:

? First prize $1000

? Second prize $600

? Third prize $400

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SLAJ NATIONAL AND REGIONAL ELECTIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by press statement   
Saturday, 16 April 2016 20:13

Freetown, 15th April, 2016: The Electoral Commission of SLAJ wishes to inform the membership of SLAJ that elections for the national and regional executives will take place during the Triennial Conference in Bo on Saturday 4th June, 2016 from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

All positions in the national and regional executives are therefore declared vacant with effect from Friday, April 15, 2016. Nominations for all positions will start from Friday 15th April, 2016 to close of business on Friday, 6th May, 2013.

Nomination fee for positions in the national executive are as follows: President, Vice President, and Secretary General - Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Leones (Le 400,000) and Three Hundred Thousand Leones (Le 300,000) for all other positions in the national executive.

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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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