The UN chief said on Monday that “When journalists are targeted, “societies as a whole pay a price”.
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Sierra Leone president Julius Maada Bio has signed the amended law, effectively repealing the 55-year-old seditious libel section of the Public Order Act 1965 that criminalised free speech and stifled journalism in the West African nation.
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has called for the release of managing editor of Times SL Newspaper.
Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (alias De Monk) is the outgoing National Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists; Secretary General of the charity All ‘Works’ of Life development association, and President of Development and Economic Journalists Association-Sierra Leone.
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.
While the world observe Press Freedom Day on Friday journalists in Sierra Leone are still haunted by the 1965 Public Order Act which
criminalises any publication that is deemed defamatory or seditious.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator, Mark Green, has called for the immediate, and unconditional release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.