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Sierra Leone Association of Journalists
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Sierra Leone Association of Journalists

 

1st Floor, 56 Campbell Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone P.M.B. 724,

Website: www.slaj.sl; Email: slaj.salone@gmail.com

President: +232 76/77/33 609285,  Secretary-General +232 76/77/33 652556

 

 

Date:  15 July, 2010

PRESS RELEASE

SLAJ lauds Bar Associations calls for repeal of criminal libel


Freetown In what has been described by the SLAJ President, Umaru Fofana as the right call at the right time for the right thing to be done, the Sierra Leone Bar Association has called on the Government of Sierra Leone to abolish Criminal Libel Law from the countrys law books.


The call is contained in a list of resolutions adopted at the 2-day annual congress of the Bar Association, which says the law contained in the 1965 Public Order Act is outmodedand copied from the United Kingdom, whichfinally abolished the repugnant provisions in 2009.


The Bar Association says a free press is the cornerstone for the success of democracy in Sierra Leone
and an essential ingredient to a free society. It adds that any pressure on the media would erode the rights of journalists and contravene the countrys constitution.


We are heartened by this call by the Bar association which follows a similar one made by the countrys Human Rights Commission and the Independent Media Commission, says the SLAJ President.


He says as more and more organisations keep calling for a repeal of this obnoxious law, SLAJ hopes it will be expunged from our laws in a matter of months and not years.


The Bar Association also expresses support for the promulgation of a Freedom of Information (FOI) Law, referring to it as a means to hold Government to account. SLAJ and civil society organisations have, for years, been calling for an FOI law which was recently adopted by cabinet.

Ismael Koroma

National Assistant Secretary General



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