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SERIES OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST SORIE FOFANA OF GLOBAL TIMES NEWSPAPER
By Prince C. Kamara
Apr 7, 2011, 10:59
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Prince C. Kamara,

Editor-in-Chief

THE SENATOR Newspaper

39 Soldier Street, Freetown.

 

 

To: The Chairperson & Commissioners,

Independent Media Commission (IMC),

Kissy House, Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown.

 

Monday April 4th, 2011.


Dear Sirs/Madams,

 

 

SERIES OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST SORIE FOFANA  OF GLOBAL TIMES NEWSPAPER


I write to complain against the Publisher of the GLOBAL TIMES newspaper, Sorie Fofanah who has offended me, the Editor-in-Chief of THE SENATOR newspaper Prince C. Kamara, my newspaper and staff in GLOBAL TIMES of Monday 4th April, 2011 instant.

 

First of all, Mr. Fofanah stated in his article published in the above-mentioned newspaper that the Senator newspaper was a surrogate newspaper that comes out only when its female financier is attacked.

Honourable Commissioners, please allow me state the following inaccuracies in the above sentence:

1.)    The financiers of the Senator Newspaper, have never been attacked in any forum.

2.)    The Senator newspaper is not a surrogate newspaper.

3.)    The Senator newspaper comes out regularly and not only when its financier is attacked. If we fail to come out on our designated days, it will be because of universal Printing Press problems and nothing else. A check through your archives will prove we are a regular newspaper.

 

In light of the above three points, it is thus clear that Mr. Sorie Fofana has seriously contravened Article 1 & Article 2 of the IMC Media Code of Practice which calls for ACCURACY and FACTUAL REPORTING and a distinguishing of Facts from Conjecture. I am therefore asking the Independent Media Commission to punish and sanction Mr. Sorie Fofana for these contraventions of our sacred Media Code of Practice as regulated by the esteemed IMC of Sierra Leone.


Also, in the same publication, Mr. Sorie Fofana states:

The Senator newspaper is a repeat offender and must be severely punished by the IMC.

 

The above sentence is also factually untrue. The IMC will readily confirm that the Senator, prior to this first sanction for our responding to Sorie Fofanas rudeness last month, has NEVER before been found guilty by the IMC for any offense of contravention of the IMC Code of Practise or the Laws of Sierra Leone. This untrue assertion of Mr. Sorie Fofana is a further contravention of Article 1 & Article 2 of IMC Media Code of Practise for which I demand he be sanctioned.

 

Furthermore, Mr. Sorie Fofana states: The papers registered editor/publisher, Prince Kamara, admitted to me recently in Kenema that he does not even know what goes into his own newspaper.

 

Again, Honoured Commissioners, the above assertion is totally untrue. I hold Sorie Fofana with the utmost contempt and so I will not reduce myself to holding a serious conversation with him let alone making such a stupid assertion as he claimed I did to him. How can I not know what goes into my own newspaper when I personally supervise and direct every single edition that is published? Is he trying to say I am a puppet? This nonsense is another contravention of Article 1 and 2 of the esteemed IMC Media Code of Practise.

 

Another point of sore concern in the said article by Sorie Fofana is the following: Mr. Prince Kamara and his lapdog Arnold Akibo-Betts. I consider this sentence to be a contravention of Article 1 and 2 of Code of Practise since I do not have any lapdogs. Arnold Akibo-Betts is not a lapdog and Mr. Fofana has not made any effort to distinguish whether it is a fact Akibo-Betts is indeed factually a lapdog or if it is merely his conjecture that Akibo-Betts is a lapdog. I insist that Mr. Akibo-Betts is an independent person who has practiced journalism on two continents in total of nine different countries spanning a period of seventeen (17) years now. Additionally, this section of the article also contravenes Article 23 of the IMC Media Code of Practise which stands against indecent insults. Whilst Sorie Fofana should be free to hold an opinion against anyone, he should not be allowed to publish indecent allegations like calling a fellow human being as a lapdog. I call for him to be sanctioned.

 

Finally, Mr. Sorie Fofana alleges that the Senator newspaper is among a long list of newspapers that had gotten away with murder.

 

Honourable Commissioners, the Senator Newspaper has never been allowed to get away with murder either figuratively or factually. This is yet another contravention of Article 1 and Article 2 of the IMC Media Code of Practise as not only is it untrue but Mr. Sorie Fofana has made no effort to distinguish between whether he is stating a fact or just making a conjecture. Thus, I am asking the IMC to sanction Sorie Fofana of Global Times newspaper for these contraventions.

 

Whilst looking forward to your prompt intervention in this matter, I wish to hereby tender my unreserved apologies for whatever disappointment I might have caused to the IMC who so graciously gave The Senator Newspaper the right to contribute to the media landscape. It was out of my outrage and disappointment at what seemed to be a failure of the IMC to sanction Sorie Fofanas rudeness against an esteemed citizen & Role Model in the person of Dr. Sylvia Blyden, that caused me to respond to him in that manner. I now take the criticisms and sanction in my stead and whilst we hurriedly try to raise the Le1million leones fine before the two weeks deadline, I hereby assure this Honourable Commission that I am sorry it happened. However, it is a fact that we are all humans and when the IMC seems to be slow to take action against gross abuse of the IMC Media Code of Practice, this is what leads to Editors and Journalists into believing the IMC is endorsing that kind of journalism in the country and leads to an unfortunate, free-for-all, bar-room brawl kind of journalism.

 

I look forward to your response to my above requests for numerous sanctions to be levied against Sorie Fofana for all the contraventions of the IMC Media Code of Practice as highlighted as I do not want to go again into any kind of journalism brawl with a character like Sorie Fofana.

 

Yours Humbly and Sincerely,

Prince C. Kamara.

CC: Mr. Sorie Fofana

CC: Awareness Times Newspaper

CC: President of SLAJ.


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