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In Sierra Leone, Sylvia Blyden Warns Journalists
By Aruna Turay
Jun 7, 2013, 17:18
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Special Executive Assistant to President Koroma has called on local journalists in Sierra Leone to prepare for a massive and long overdue sanitisation of the countrys media landscape. According to Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden who just returned from an 8 days absence out of the country, it is now apparent that the Independent Media Commission has no intention of using the powers granted them to maintain sanity in the media and so we, as a government, are going to be left with no option but to save the country from sliding backwards at the hands of reckless media practitioners. The only solution is to apply Part 5 of the Public Order Act of 1965 and start charging errant persons to court for criminal and seditious libel.


I re
turned back to Freetown yesterday after some eight days out of the country. Some of what I met published in the local opposition media during our absence in Japan is just too unbelievable. Such media untruths and gross recklessness aimed at inciting this country into turmoil has to be curtailed. If it means forcing journalists to defend their articles in a courtroom to ensure sanity prevails, then so be it as the Commissioners of the Independent Media Commission continue to exhibit their inadequacy, Dr. Blyden said.


Meanwhile, the following was an Update from Blyden on FACEBOOK SOCIAL MEDIA yesterday afternoon:


From Sylvia Olayinka Blyden:


I notice all this noise being made about tribalism being behind retrenchment of some military officers and also being behind the promotions of others. Worse of all is the report in Kenyas NATION MEDIA GROUP that the top decision-making body of the army was deliberately chosen to favour President Ernest Bai Koromas northern lineage. Let me use this chance to set the records straight. VERY STRAIGHT..!!!! Firstly, just a year ago in June 2012, His Excellency President Koroma appointed the current Chief of Defence Staff and Head of the army, Major-General S.O. Williams to replace erstwhile CDS, Major-General R.Y. Koroma who was retired from the army. It is pertinent to note that the current CDS, S.O. Williams, is a Mende-Sherbro from Bonthe district in the opposition supported Southern Province whilst Robert Koroma, the man he replaced is a Northerner.

 

Secondly, the newly promoted Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier John E. Milton is a Mende born of a Mende woman from Mano Dasse in Moyamba and a Mende father from Serabu in Bo district along highway to Bonthe. Newly promoted Brigadier John Milton has replaced Brigadier Sesay, a Northerner who has been retired from position of Deputy CDS last week at the same time as Mondeh and others.


What this means is that the two most senior officers in the current Sierra Leone Armed Forces are South-Easterners with NO tribal lineage to President Koroma and no regional lineage to President Koroma. Any journalist (local or international) who makes such a claim that the top decision-making body of the army was deliberately chosen to favour President Ernest Bai Koromas northern lineage, has committed reckless criminal and seditious libel. I repeat, HAS COMMITTED CRIMINAL & SEDITIOUS LIBEL. Let me stop here for now.


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