By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk) Country Director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in Sierra Leone, Joe H. Pemagbie, has encouraged staff of Radio Democracy to continue to be independent and objective in their work.
Jennings A.B. Wright Vice President of Sierra Leone Labor Congress
By Abdulai Gbla
The Sierra Leone Labor Congress (SLLC) has called on all employers in the country to comply with the new national minimum wage requirement of le 500,000 (five hundred thousand Sierra Leones), as negotiated by the Joint National Negotiating Board (JNNB) late last year.
By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk) Reporting from Bonthe
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.
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) is concerned about the recent appointment of a new Chairman for the Independent Media Commission (IMC) by the President without seeking the “advice of SLAJ” as provided for in Section 4(1) of the IMC Act, 2000 as amended, which says: “The President shall appoint the Chairman and Commissioners of the IMC acting on the advice of SLAJ.”
Bus drivers at the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC) yesterday, Monday, 31st August, 2015 staged a sit-down strike action. This unfortunate action of bus drivers coincided with the first day of the reopening of schools following a six week break.
The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation has ended a five days training conducted to capacitate broadcast journalists from different media outlets in Sierra Leone.
The training which started on Monday, 26th January, 2015 was held at the corporation’s broadcasting house, New England Ville in Freetown.
Deputy Director of Media and Public Affairs at the SLBC, Samuel Valcacel said the purpose of the training was to ensure that broadcast journalists were capacitated with new and modern broadcasting skills, which he noted most of them lack.
He said the objective of the training was to ensure that broadcast journalists in Sierra Leone where up to international standards of journalism. This, Valcacel said would greatly help the country’s media landscape
Also, Valcarcel went on to state that capacitating media practitioners and the media landscapes is part of the SLBCs mandate, assuring that such trainings would continue in future.
The Deputy Director of Media and Public Affairs hoped that participants had learnt new skills and techniques of broadcast journalism, having completed the training exercise.
He revealed that the training was the beginning of several trainings that would be conducted by the corporation for journalists in the country.
At the end of the training, participants expressed thanks and appreciation to the SLBC for conducting the training and asked that the corporation continues such trainings in future.
IMC Chair Reading the IMC Code Of Conduct to Journalists
The newly appointed Chairman of the Independent Media Commission (IMC), Ambassador Allieu Ibrahim Kanu (Esq) has in a meeting with Station Managers of various Radio Stations stated that he is prepared for any court action taken by the Sierra Leone Association (SLAJ) of Journalist over his appointment as the new IMC Chairman.
Workers of Bolore Africa Logistics have yesterday 14th January 2015 down tools over what they described as poor conditions service. This, according to the striking workers include, among others, delay in payment of salaries, rent allowance, and a host of other issues that are affecting their welfare at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay.
Like a bolt from the blue, Prison Watch Sierra Leone, an organization targeting persons whose liberties have been deprived has discovered anomalies on the part of government and stakeholders in the national fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country.
Sierra Leone and the world over are commemorating the international anti-corruption day (IAC Day) – a day set aside by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 58/7 in October 2003 to raise awareness on the dangers of corruption. The day has become a reminder to political authorities, civil society organizations and business people for a more robust action and positive attitude towards tackling graft.