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SLPP Draws Attention to Negligence of Independent Media Commission
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SIERRA LEONE PEOPLES PARTY

NATIONAL SECRETARIAT

Acting Chairman
Independent Media Commission

3rd Floor, Kissy House
54 Siaka Stevens Street
Freetown


September 3, 2009

Dear Acting Chairman,


I write in respect of the verdict and conclusions reached by your Commission in respect of my partys complaint against Mr. Philip Neville and Standard Times.


You will recall that in your press release of July 14, 2009, you ordered among other things, that the Executive Editor and his paper do a retraction of the libelous articles the paper had published against the SLPP, send to my party a letter of apology within seven (7) days on date of receipt of your instruction and a fine imposed on the paper by your Commission.

 

Acting Chairman, it is sad to note that none of your instructions to Mr. Philip Neville and Standard Times have been carried out, and your Commission, as far I know has failed to take any action against the paper or the Editor months after your verdict.

 

It is a matter of regret that the Commission is seen to be falling short of its mandate and the matter between the SLPP and Standard Times must be seen as a test case for media regulation in the country and the very potency of the Independent Media Commission coming into question.

I trust you will treat this matter with the seriousness it deserves.

Best wishes.
Yours faithfully,
Ibrahim El-Tayyib Bah.
National Publicity Secretary/ party spokesman
Cc:       Chairman, SLPP
Secretary General, SLPP
Executive Secretary, IMC
Chairman, Complaints Committee, IMC           
15, Wallace Johnson Street, Freetown


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