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ďThey are not Journalists; They are Criminals!Ē Ė SEA
By Bryan Randall
Mar 18, 2014, 17:06
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ďI have said it before and I will continue to say it that these folks are not journalists but common criminals who have invaded the local journalism landscape,Ē were the words of the Special Executive Assistant (SEA) to the President at State House as she reacted to two tabloids headlines of 17th March 2014 alleging she was hiding from a civil summons.

 

ďA highly placed citizen like myself will hide from a civil summons? Is it even possible? Of course it is not! Will any journalist worth his salt, run such a report as their lead front page story without cross-checking with the subject of the screaming headline? No-one called me to check if claim was true that I locked gate, windows and doors to avoid receiving a civil summons,Ē SEA Sylvia Blyden said.

 

ďThe report itself is so laughable that the first thing any professional journalist would do on receiving such a ridiculous report, is to cross-check,Ē Dr. Blyden pointed out before adding, ďbut like the criminals they are, they rushed to publish their libel of me without seeking my side. These people are not journalists but criminals and blackmailersĒ.

 

Contrary to reports that Blyden was hiding and could not sympathise with the late former Presidentís family, Awareness Times can confirm that Blyden went to the house that evening and stayed there with other government functionaries until midnight.

 

On Saturday past, Dr. Blyden travelled to the provinces where she was to attend the funeral of one of her friends, the late SLPP strongman, Albert K. Jambai in Kailahun. She was very visible at the funeral in Kailahun and even paid a tribute to the late man.

 

Meanwhile, Abubakarr I. Kamara, the Awareness Times business manager affirmed at close of business yesterday that no process server, no bailiff or lawyerís clerk has visited the newspaper office so far. He said lawyers for the newspaper have now formally written to Ansu Lansana asking him to forward any writ of summons he has prepared for the newspaper.

 

The two newspapers culpable of running the untrue reports yesterday are CONCORD TIMES editted by Moses Kargbo, current Secretary-General of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists and GLOBAL TIMES editted by two fellows who earlier served in senior SLAJ executive positions. The state of the countryís journalism is widely recognised as being in a total mess. A lot of trainings and workshops have been hosted with hundreds of thousands of dollars expended but all to no avail. The high level of criminality within the journalism landscape is seemingly unassailable despite all efforts otherwise.


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