Independent Media Commission
6th November 2008
RE: ABSENCE OF IMPRINT ON THE AWARENESS TIMES NEWSPAPER
The IMC Board at its 8th meeting held on Thursday 6th November, 2008 reviewed publications of several newspapers to ensure compliance with the IMC Act and the Media Code of Practice. The Commission noticed with dismay that the Awareness Times Newspaper has been consistently contravening Section 32 (1&2) of the Independent Media Commission Act 2000 amended in 2006 and 2007 quoted hereunder:
32 (1) Any person who produces any newspaper or magazine intended to be published or dispersed shall print in legible characters on the front of that newspaper or magazine, if the newspaper or magazine is printed on one side only, or upon the first or last leaf newspaper or magazine, if it consists of more than one leaf, his name and business or residential address.
(2) Any proprietor and any person who publishes or distributes any newspaper or magazine on which the name and business or residential address of the proprietor or publisher is not printed contrary to the requirement of sub section (1) commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding Le 5,000,000 (Five Million Leones).
The Commission has found the following editions of the Awareness Times Newspaper contravening the above mentioned documents.
- Volume 19 No. 4 of Wednesday October 29 2008
- Volume 19 No. 7 of Monday November 3 2008
- Volume 19 No 9 of Wednesday November 5 2008
- Volume 19 No 10 of Thursday November 2 2008
The Board has therefore decided as stated by the provisions in these documents that the Awareness Times Newspaper is fined Le 5,000,000,000 (Five Million Leones) to be paid within 7 days and to conform forthwith with these provisions, failing which further action will be taken against the Newspaper as stipulated in the above mentioned documents.
Commissioner Bernadette P. Cole - Chairperson
Commissioner Francis L. Davies - Member
Commissioner Priestly Adewole Bell - Member
Commissioner Cassandra A Davies - Member
Commissioner Augustine Garmoh - Member
Commissioner Christo Johnson - Member
Commissioner Abubakarr H. Kargbo - Member
Commissioner Isaac Massaquoi - Member
Commissioner Joshua Nicol - Member
Commissioner Mohamed Samoura - Member
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