30 June 2006

Sierra Leone: SLAJ Threatens News Blackout If?

President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalist (SLAJ), Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo says his organization would not relent in the fight against the killers of late acting Editor of For di People newspaper, Harry Yansaneh.

The SLAJ president threatened a news blackout on some government ministries if the issue of the deceased journalist is not treated with the seriousness and urgency it deserves.

Kargbo was briefing journalists about pending issues of the association on Thursday at SLENA office Thursday.

Kargbo said that the issue of Harry Yansaneh is not yet over.

"We are also trying to repeal the 1965 Public Order Act. And any newspaper, which intends to undermine SLAJ on the issue of Harry Yansanseh will be dealt with," he warned, adding that the neutrality of the association in handling political issues has helped them to achieve success.

Kargbo appealed to the international community to help in the training of media practitioners and organize public debates.

"In order for SLAJ to achieve its goals we need to work as a team. A five-man committee has been set up to commemorate the one year anniversary of Harry Yansanneh," he revealed.

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