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IMC Suspends 3 Newspapers in Sierra Leone

IMC Suspends 3 Newspapers in Sierra Leone

The Independent Media Commission (IMC) on Wednesday September 26TH, issued suspension letters to three leading newspapers, namely Awareness Times, Observer, and Senator for gross violation of the IMC code of ethics.

The IMC decided to issue the suspension letter owing to a trend of reckless practice by these media houses, pointing it out as conflagration to the Act of IMC code of practice.

It said after thorough investigation and hearing from various parties by the Board of Committee of IMC, the following suspension was recommended on the following grounds:

  1. that the Independent Observer, the Awareness Times and Senator Newspaper are in breach of several sections of the IMC Code of Practice and the Act in particular section 23 of the IMC Media Code of Practice.
  2. to suspend the license of the Independent Observer, the Awareness Times, and Senator Newspaper and these papers should cease publication with immediate effect for one month (i.e. from Thursday 26th September-Friday 26th October 2012)
  3. the Independent Observer, Awareness Times, and Senator newspapers should each pay a fine of Le2,000,000 (Two Million Leones) on or before the expiration date of the suspension.

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