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Sierra Leone Journalists Secretary-General resigns off Umaru Fofana's Failed Executive
By Awareness Times
Oct 19, 2012, 17:19

The Secretary-General of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Mr. Ismael Koroma has last night of October 18th 2012, tendered his letter of immediate resignation from the Umaru Fofana led SLAJ Executive. When he was contacted by Awareness Times to shed light on the matter, Ismael Koroma said he has a family name to protect and he also does not want to stain his reputation. He said this also protects SLAJ which has existed for over forty years now.


This is the second Secretary-General of Umaru Fofana who has had a public disagreement with his style of leadership. Mustapha Sesay was similarly harangued by Umaru Fofana and one notorious self-engrossed journalist by the name of Kelvin Lewis of Awoko Newspaper. The same Kelvin Lewis has also been named in this ongoing morass affecting the morale of Sierra Leone journalists.

It can be recalled that a hastily convened SLAJ meeting yesterday morning, had been boycotted by most SLAJ members who no longer have confidence in the leadership of Fofana. In apparent spite at the snub, SLAJ President Umaru Fofana presided over what he called an “expulsion” of Sylvia Blyden, publisher of this newspaper. It was in contravention of the SLAJ Constitution.


In protest at the exercise which saw 17 (seventeen) SLAJ members (out of an over 600 membership) vote to ‘expel’ Sylvia Blyden, Ismael Koroma walked out of SLAJ HQs and later on sent in his resignation letter.


Dr. Blyden has meanwhile called on all SLAJ members around the country to stay calm and focus on coverage for the November 17th elections.


“We should not be distracted by this. Umaru Fofana has no more credibility where it matters; with majority of the populace of Sierra Leone whom we are serving as journalists. So let us just ignore shenanigans of him and his few cronies. After November 17th, we will look into SLAJ,” Blyden assured.

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