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Journalist President Blasts Editor
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Aug 12, 2011, 17:16
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There is a hot war of words going on between the President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists(SLAJ), Mr. Umaru Fofana & journalists working at Sierra Leones ruling APC party mouthpiece. The problem arose when APC party paper published an opinionated news story that Fofanas writing style was behind the first prepared speech issued by opposition SLPPs Presidential candidate Maada Bio. However, Fofana in a furious radio interview has threatened to drag the ruling party mouthpiece to court. In response, the paper published the following:

 

SLAJ President To Sue For Reputation

CULLED FROM APC WE-YONE
 (By Sia Sonsiama)

 

The President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalist has in a radio interview threatened to take court action against journalist Sia Sonsiama of We Yone. The SLAJ president, Umaru Fofana, was reacting to an article questioning whether it was him who wrote the maiden speech of the opposition flag-bearer of the SLPP Julius Maada Bio. When the president of SLAJ threatens to take a journalist to court speaks volumes of his commitment to the profession and upholding the ideals for which the noble profession stands.

 

But the question begging from an answer is what reputation is Umaru Fofana talking about when it is evident he sent a false report about Bios winning to the world stating Bio had won over his nearest rival with a difference of over one hundred votes when infact the difference was fifty two votes; what reputation is he talking about when he gave a wrong impression that there was blaring of horns around the capital city in celebration of Bios victory?

 

What reputation is he talking about when journalists were beaten, molested and robbed by thugs of Julius Maada Bio and he failed to take action as the president of the association of journalists?

 

Indeed it sounds ridiculous that the SLAJ president plans to seek legal action against a colleague. Nonetheless, we await the court action to expose the partisan biasness of the BBC reporter who is supposed to be apolitical. If Umaru Fofana proved himself to be the speech writer of Julius Maada Bio warrants his immediate resignation as president of SLAJ and the BBC should dispose of him if the people of Sierra Leone should continue to see it as a credible media institution.

 

EDITORS NOTE: Awareness Times does not share all sentiments expressed above but we are publishing them in order for people to know the extent of the problem in the journalism world of Sierra Leone today.


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