the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (slaj) Would Like to Thank All Editors, Station Managers and Proprietors for Their Cooperation and Support in Tuesday's Very Successful Solidarity Media Shutdown.
Special thanks go to the Sierra Leone News Vendors Association (SLNVA) for their solidarity stance in respect of our action. We say a special kudos to our gallant members of SLAJ, who have solidly stood by the Executive during these trying times. We appreciate your show of support.
SLAJ would also want to thank the various advertisers to both radio and newspapers for their show of understanding, and to the general public - who depend on the media for their daily news updates - for also understanding with our position.
We urge all SLAJ members across the country to stay peaceful and law abiding, as we continue on the actions we have collectively agreed on. Our protest against Sierra Leone's repressive anti-press freedom laws and the deliberate harassment of our members by the police on the orders of state officials continues.
SLAJ notes that our two incarcerated colleagues - Mr. Jonathan Leigh and Bai Bai Sesay of the Independent Observer newspaper - have now spent twelve (12) nights in prison and their matter is adjourned to Monday November 4, which means by their next appearance, they would have spent eighteen (18) nights in prison.
We continue to call for their unconditional release.
Long live SLAJ!
Long live Journalism!!
Long live Press Freedom!!!
Moses A. Kargbo
National Secretary General
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