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A VERY, VERY BITTER COMPLAINT AGAINST SORIE FOFANA OF GLOBAL TIMES
By Arnold Akibo-Betts
Apr 7, 2011, 10:57
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Arnold Akibo-Betts
Deputy Editor,  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,

A VERY, VERY BITTER COMPLAINT AGAINST SORIE FOFANA OF GLOBAL TIMES

 

I write to complain the Publisher of GLOBAL TIMES newspaper, Mr. Sorie Fofana who has roundly insulted me in order to get me to start another round of insulting exchange with him in my newspaper.


In order to avoid such unfortunate development, I am hereby urging the IMC to please look into this complaint of mine as speedily as possible and bring appropriate sanctions to bear on Mr. Sorie Fofana for all the contraventions of the IMC Media Code of Practise.  In his April 4th 2011 Edition, Mr. Sorie Fofana references me in an insulting and sub-human manner by making the following Statement concerning me: Mr. Prince Kamara and his lapdog Arnold Akibo-Betts.

 

Sirs/Madam, not only is Mr. Sorie Fofana trying to goad me into a fight again but also I consider this sentence from him to be a contravention of Articles 1, 2 and 23 of the IMC Media Code of Practise.

 

Sirs/Madams, in direct contravention of good journalism and Article 1 of IMC Code, Mr. Sorie Fofana has published an inaccuracy since I am not a lapdog and I have never been a lapdog in my entire life. If I consider Dr. Sylvia Blyden to be a Role Model and a Mentor, it does not mean I should be called a lapdog by Mr. Fofana because I defended a woman I consider to be a woman worth honouring.

 

Again, contrary to Article 2 and good journalist practise, Mr. Sorie 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.

 

Sirs/Madams, Mr. Sorie Fofana has also contravened Article 23 of the IMC Media Code of Practise which prohibits the publication of indecent insults. It is indecent for anyone to publish that a human being is a dog.

 

Sirs/Madams, I have practiced journalism on two continents in total of nine different countries spanning a period of seventeen (17) years now and I have never seen the kind of journalism that Sorie Fofana has been practicing in this country. Conjectures are jumbled up as facts to mislead and distort. In light of all the above contraventions, I hereby make a passionate call for Mr. Sorie Fofana to be sanctioned as called for by the IMC Media Code of Practise regulating the media in Sierra Leone.

 

Yours faithfully, 

Arnold Akibo-Betts.

 

CC: Mr. Sorie Fofana

CC: Awareness Times Newspaper

CC: President of SLAJ.


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