Sierra Leone’s highest awards winning Journalist, Ahmed Sahid Nasralla popularly known as De Monk, has today championed the release of four Sierra Leonean journalists who are currently behind bars for reportedly publishing a false defamatory and libellous articles against lawyer Pa Momo Fofana, head of Edrina Chambers.
The four journalists, Standard Times Senior Reporter Abu Bakar Kargbo and his Editor Mustapha Sesay and The Times Newspaper Publisher, Salieu Tejan Jalloh and his Editor David Johnson, were on Friday 29th June, 2019 dragged to Court on eight Counts of defamation, and knowingly publishing a false defamatory libel.
De Monk who is currently on campaign trail across the provinces jetted in Freetown over the weekend to ensure the release of those four journalists.
“Aside from my intention to become the next President of our revered association, the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, I am here to ensure the release of our colleagues who spent the weekend at the Pademba Road Correctional Center,” he said, stressing that, “I am not using this to maximize my ambition or win over my voters but I see this as an innate responsibility to protect my profession and defend my colleagues at all times.”
Sardined by journalists from different media houses at the Siaka Steven Street Courts, the SLAJ Presidential Hopeful said he has suspended his campaign to mediate the release of his colleagues.
The wives of the incarcerated journalists and other family members who were in tearing commended De Monk and prayed that God grants his desires.
De Monk is a Columnist and the best Cartoonist in the country. He is one of the pioneers behind the success of the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire.
He is one of the best students produced by the Department of Mass Communication, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
Many journalists spoken to said the best person to reform SLAJ is De Monk, submitting further that he is the bridge to solidify unity and professionalism in the profession.
“If we weren’t highly democratic, we would have just endorsed his candidature for Presidency,” they affirmed.
After series of successful mediation with both lawyers (Pa Momo Fofana and Ishmael P. Mamie) the four journalists are expected to be released.
Categories: Human interest, Sierra Leone