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“Arresting Journalists is not a government Policy….” PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 January 2014 09:32

Abdulai Baraytay ….

The Deputy Government Spokesperson in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Abdulai Baraytay said the arrest of journalists is not a government policy.

He made this statement yesterday during the usual government weekly Press Briefing while responding to a question posed to him concerning the current sour relationship between journalists and some government officials with special reference to the seemingly clamping down on the media.

Baraytay  reaffirmed that President Ernest Bai Koroma  is in no way trying to silence and harass journalists as it is being alleged, further underscoring government’s expectation of journalists  to always be objective ,crosscheck facts and do balance reporting  on issues of national interests.

He maintained that he is a proud member of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists and admonished media practitioners to adhere to the ethics of the profession adding that as a journalist he would have loved to see they regulate themselves other than having a regulatory body. He cited Ghana where he said there is no media regulatory body other than the Ghanaian Journalists Association. The seasoned and all time practicing journalist reiterated government’s commitment to fully work closely with the media dispelling rumors that there was bitter relationship between government and the journalists.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 09:36
 

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