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NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
SLAJ urges Government to follow Uganda’s example
Freetown – Uganda’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s Seditious Libel Law is inconsistent with Freedom of Expression which is guaranteed by its constitution. The five-member panel said the law did not fall within the acceptable limit of free speech and struck seditious libel off the country’s law books. This is exactly what SLAJ was trying to prove when in February 2008 the association took a similar move to have our Supreme Court do what their Ugandan counterparts have done.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Commonwealth Forum For Government Ministers And Senior Civil Servants
The Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) in collaboration with the Governance and Institutional Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat will be organizing a three-day forum of Government Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Permanent Secretaries on the priorities and operations of Government with a view to, amongst others, understanding the importance of leadership roles, negotiation skills values that are required for the achievement of our national development objectives.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
The 50th Independence Anniversary Committee is the sole and official entity responsible to plan and implement Sierra Leone’s 2011 Celebrations
Sierra Leone will be celebrating her 50th Independence Anniversary on 27 April 2011. The general public is hereby informed that the 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations Committee appointed by His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, is the only entity officially recognized by the government of Sierra Leone with the mandate to plan and implement public events for Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations. Any organizations, associations, companies, agencies, or individuals interested in having events recognized, acknowledged by or to be a part of the official calendar must request written permission from the 50th Independence Anniversary Committee.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Invitation To Press Briefing & Interactive Media Session In Freetown
All Full, Associate and Prospective Members of SLAJ and other interested Media Stakeholders are invited to a Press Conference and Interactive Session on the SLAJ National Constitution.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Official Launch of the National ICT Advisory Council
Freetown, 30th August, 2010 – The Ministry of Information and Communication wishes to inform the general public and invitees, that the proposed official launch of the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Advisory Council by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, 31st August, 2010 at the Taia Resort Conference Hall, has been postponed to Friday, 3rd September, 2010 at the same venue.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
ONS Leadership Still Enjoys Presidential Confidence
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT HAS NOTED WITH CONCERN RECENT MEDIA MATERIALS THAT PURPORT TO UNDERMINE THE LEADERSHIP AND INTEGRITY OF THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL SECURITY (ONS) AND THE SECURITY SECTOR AS A WHOLE.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Meet Mr. Sana Bernard Samura, the newly appointed SLBC Deputy Director-General
The General Public is hereby informed that, pursuant to the provisions of Section 14(1) of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) act of 2010, the Board of Trustees of the said Corporation has appointed MR. SANA BERNARD SAMURA TO THE POSITION OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF SLBC effective October 1, 2010.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:20

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Health Minister Complains Soldier
I am constrained to formally report to you an army Officer by the name of Corporal Sheku Bao, attached to the Naval Wing of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, for smearing my character and personality. A couple of weeks ago, I was driving from the provinces to Freetown and met some young men whom I later learnt to be Military and OSD personnel who requested me to give them a ride which I graciously did on humanitarian grounds. We drove on to Kissy Road in heavy traffic.
Aug 26, 2010, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation Public Notice
THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT WITH EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2010 THE SIERRA LEONE BROADCASTING CORPORATION WILL PUT INTO EFFECT ITS REVISED RATES FOR BOTH RADIO AND TELEVISION FOR THE FOLLOWING:
Aug 25, 2010, 17:10

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Changes In The Hierarchy Of The Republic Of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) Press Release
The general public is hereby informed that, in accordance with the provisions of Section 168 (1) of the Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991 (Act 6 of 1991), and upon the advice of the Defence Council, it has pleased His Excellency the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces to make the following appointments in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF):
Aug 25, 2010, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Happy Birthday Greetings to you Joko Sesay
Happy Birthday Greetings to you Joko Sesay
Aug 24, 2010, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
SLPP will Take Fawundu Home This Weekend
Funeral Arrangements for Alfred Sallia Fawundu SLPP Strongman and Loyal Party Activist (1949-2010)
Aug 20, 2010, 17:18

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
SLAJ’S FIFTH MONTHLY SYMPOSIUM DISCUSSES MEDIA ETHICS
Freetown- The fifth edition of the SLAJ Monthly Symposium will be held on Friday, 27th August 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at the association’s conference hall at 56 Campbell Street, Freetown. The topic for this month’s symposium is MEDIA ETHICS AND THE PRACTICE OF JOURNALISM IN SIERRA LEONE.
Aug 19, 2010, 21:10

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND WATER RESOURCES SIERRA LEONE WATER COMPANY (SALWACO)
The Government of Sierra Leone, through SALWACO, is desirous of rehabilitating the Kabala Water Supply Scheme by re-constructing the township water network and a new service reservoir to meet the increased water demand in Kabala. Designs for the works have been completed and the scope of work will include:
Aug 18, 2010, 23:36

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Government of Sierra Leone African Caucus Meeting
The African Caucus, comprising of African Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, met in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on August 16-17 to prepare the 2010 Memorandum to the heads of the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) - the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG). The Memorandum will be submitted to the heads of the BWIs during the IMF/WBG Annual Meetings in October 2010.
Aug 18, 2010, 23:34

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
SLAJ nominates new member to SLBC Board
Freetown – The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists has nominated Ibrahim Karim-Sei to the Board of Trustees of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). The nomination which took place at a General Meeting today follows the rejection by Parliament of Dr Julius Spencer to represent the association on the SLBC Board.
Aug 17, 2010, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
SIERRA LEONE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO AWARENESS TIMES NEWSPAPER
13th August, 2010, Freetown- The attention of Government has been drawn to a letter written by Dr. Sylvia Blyden, owner of the Awareness Times newspaper where she claims that there was a deliberate attempt by an individual at State House to stop her from expressing her views on the SLBC. She further states, “whilst I had been Live over the Air educating the Public about the DICTOTARIAL manner in which President Koroma was behaving with respect to the hiring of Electoral Commissioners,...
Aug 13, 2010, 23:23

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Open Letter to the Minister of Education
Kindly permit me space in your widely read newspaper to write this letter to the Minister of Education and all concerned about improving on the standard of education in the Secondary Schools of this our beloved country. Teachers have been crying for high salaries every year; but have they been doing their work? Some years ago they had an increase in salary on the pretext that education would improve but has it improved? The reasons are simply thus:
Aug 12, 2010, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Dr. Sylvia Blyden Wants Answers from SLBC Team in Sierra Leone
I, Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, Social & Political Commentator in Sierra Leone, today wish to express my deep concern over a worrying development that I wish to bring to the attention of the Public in general and more specifically to the attention of the Trustees and Management of the newly launched Independent Public Broadcaster, SLBC, and from whom I am demanding a Public Explanation, and possibly an apology, over the following developments.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:20

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
PPRC Warns Against Inciting Tribal Sentiments in Sierra Leone
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) notes with concern that some newspapers have published articles, banner headlines, columns, or opinions with a strong ethnic undertone that has the potential to provoke, incite hatred, or discord among political party leaders, supporters, or ethnic groups in Sierra Leone. The Torchlight News Paper: Vol. 2 No. 236 of Wednesday 4th August 2010 published a banner headline titled: "They are all Mendes". This ascribed the Sierra Leone Peoples Party to one ethnic group and the content was ethnically charged. Furthermore, the article misrepresented the causes of Sierra Leone’s brutal war quite contrary to the findings and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation TRC report.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:02


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