newspaper was published in black Africa, enjoys one of the most
liberal, if not the most liberal media environment, in the world.
Almost every day, a new media institution is established because of the
liberal policy towards media pluralism. There are issues with that,
and some media rights activists are genuinely concerned, even if they
do not seem to have an answer to it.
There is also Winston Ojukutu Macaulley Jnr, who briefly reported for the BBC during the war time. He is now a politician, regretfully.
years before when I arrived in Freetown on May 1, 2011. He is
regularly mentioned for praise by Umaru in the office, which to me
tells how good a writer he must have been. And there is Sam Mzigar, the ………………
There are other journalists of exemplary record I wouldn’t mention for
fear of been accused of bias, due to my close relationship with them.
And most, if not all of these people, passed through the local media
in Sierra Leone. So I have found it hard to understand why,
despite this exemplary record, the media in this country is in this status of misery.
“Do you really expect the people to hold on and not knowing what’s
happening in the country until after the holiday?” I once found myself
asking a colleague journalist. But that was before I formally joined
the local press.
Since 2011, when I first arrived in the country after about 18 years
absence, I had concentrated on my freelance work, mainly with the
Nation Media Group of Kenya. When I joined Politico I got to know the answers to some of my questions; for instance, why the papers go on holiday.
To some extent it’s not the doing of the publishers. But I still hold
them responsible because I think they can put a stop to that absurd
The second reason is the funny aspect of the local media is the fact that Monday’s edition of the paper is almost always full of stale news items. That’s because most papers do their layout latest on Friday of the previous week. This was why the major papers missed the Fadika death story. This has robbed readers the chance of reading the latest happenings over the weekend on Mondays.
major players like SLAJ and IMC should have a serious reflection.
The joke that’s called the Sierra Leone media has really gotten worst.