Police Boss Asked To Resign
Head of the Sierra Leone Police Media Unit Assistant Inspector Ibrahim Samura has been petitioned by the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) to resign his post after the police force had falsely held Production Manager of Radio Maria and Vice Chairperson of SLAJ-North Abdul Charles in detention and later released him after no case was found against him.
The resignation petition says in a Press Release by SLAJ that ASP Samura gave wrong and misleading information to the public about the arrest which according to members of the journalist association defeats his role as head of the Police Public Relations Unit; responsible for the education of the public on police activities.
Members of SLAJ this press spoke to opined that the Sierra Leone Police for no good reasons have many times targeted journalists as objects of intimidation and violence, a situation which has deteriorated to the extent that journalists are now been secretly arrested detained and intimated on no solid grounds. Others say that the Sierra Leone Police is being used as an agent of government for repressing the media from performing its state duties of being the voice of the voiceless.
It has been suggested that the police be given coverage blackout on all its activities for not respecting the role of the media in state dispensations. This has not been the first time SLAJ and the police have locked horns over the issue of media intimidation in recent times.
Meanwhile, it is not known what SLAJ will resort to if the police media boss is not relieved of his duties for what they described as misinforming the public.
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