A dedication to the course for justice for people in the global media fraternity, with special focus on The Gambia,this is inspired by my experience as a journalist in a country which, despite popular call for a change by the free world, continue to settle down for its iniquitous image as one of the most intolerant, if not the most intolerant to the press and the universal right of freedom of expression…….
Monday, August 8, 2016
Sierra Leone Govt warns foreign journalists
Mohamed Bangura, Minister of Information and Communication
The Sierra Leone government has
announced a new policy aimed at regulating the operation of foreign media
practitioners in the country.
The Ministry of Information and
Communication said Tuesday henceforth all foreign media practitioners must
obtain an accreditation to engage in any work in the country. Information
Minister Mohamed Bangura said the move is meant to protect both the image of
the country and the visiting media practitioners.
A statement signed by his deputy,
Cornelius Deveaux, said the ministry had realized that foreign media
practitioners came into the country “under the gist” of carrying out
professional journalistic activities without going through the proper channels.
It added that these foreign media practitioners, aided by local journalists, go
around the place filming and taking pictures of slums and other unpleasant
areas without talking to the authorities.
“At the end of the day they produce
reports that paint a negative picture of the country, its people and the
government, at a time when all efforts are being made to rebrand the country,”
the statement reads.
Journalists and other media
practitioners wanting to visit Sierra Leone will now be required to first write
a letter to the Information Ministry explaining the intent and purpose of their
assignment in the country, and accompany such a letter with a photocopy of
their passport and two passport-sized photos.
The statement also ordered all
foreign media practitioners currently in the country to report to the Deputy
Minister within the next 48 hours of the announcement of this message.