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Sylvia Blyden Slams at Rubbish in Global Times
By Mohamed Kamara
Nov 22, 2013, 16:39
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Special Executive Assistant to President Koroma, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, has in a terse comment, dismissed contents of the front page of a local tabloid of 21st November as very malicious rubbish and desperate antics from those who failed to hound me out of State House.

 

Why did Global Times not contact official State House channels to verify such a sensational report? They dedicated their entire front page from top to bottom alongside Pages 2 and 3 to carrying things defamatory of me but they never contacted me to cross-check for my side before going to press. That is  recklessness. It is malicious journalism!  Dr. Blyden said.

 

Further, they published my diplomatic passport details,  Expiration Date of  Passport, my date of Birth and other such private details in a gross invasion of my privacy. It breaches civilised decency; it breaches IMC Media Code of Practise and breaches the Public Order Act of 1965, Dr. Blyden sternly lamented.

 

Dr. Blyden has denied every single defamatory sentence in the report. She said the article was not even clear as to what she was supposed to have been caught doing or faked.

 

If it was not so pathetic, it will be amusing. Caught! the headline screams. Caught doing what? State House Letter Faked! who faked what? The entire article is nonsense. Like Shakespeare would say, it is like a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, Dr. Blyden lyrically waxed.

 

Ordinary Sierra Leoneans have studied me for years and they now know what I stand for in this country. I can say with confidence that majority of citizens are keenly watching some antics and have drawn their conclusions, she ended.

 

Meanwhile, it can be recalled that in a recent Press Release, lawyers of Sierra Leone Bar Association have condemned the reckless practise of some of the countrys journalists. It got many errant journalists like Kelvin Lewis to be up in arms against lawyers for saying the truth. For example, the NEW CITIZEN refused to publish the Bar Association press release but rather sardonically wrote, of how Bar Association release was only published in the Awareness Times.


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