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These are some of the major challenges journalists face

These are some of the major challenges journalists face

Journalists in Sierra Leone  recognise so many problems today with government. It is clearly unacceptable that  journalists were arrested by Criminal  Investigation Division police because the Ministry of Lands  ordered the arrest, the dangers Journalists face  are greater than usual but what government should know is that journalists engaged in dangerous professional areas , according to my research – as freelance journalist, is the fundamental aspect of citizenship in any country concerns the access to information regarding political and societal developments and the opportunity to hear variety of opinions. Central to the practice of journalism an essential aspect of human rights for all citizens is the freedom of expression. At the international level this is protected under the following declarations, conventions, and charters: Art. 19 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration on Human Rights rules that  Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. The European Convention on Human Rights states in Art. 10.1 that everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union states in Art. 11 that:

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.

2. The freedom and pluralism of the media shall be respected.

European countries have specific Acts relating to freedom of expression, or freedom of the press, or freedom of the media. In the  whole of African countries there is no freedom of expression. Some of the major challenges and problems journalists face are enormous.

  1. Libel Law is a major challenge journalists face – Under the Libel Law a journalists can be dragged to court and convicted as a common criminal.
  2. The police are very brutal with journalists – Whenever a journalist tries to cover a sensitive event, the police will arrest the journalist and beat him up ruthlessly.
  3. The present government uses thugs to raid offices of journalists, beat them up and vandalise their office, whenever the journalists write against them.
  4. Politicians use people to even kill journalists if a journalist is very critical about them.
  5. A journalist either goes by what the government says or risks being killed.
  6. There is no freedom of information law in the country, and with libel law, a journalist can be convicted as a criminal even when you write the truth as long as that truth has the propensity to damage a person’s private life.

by Freelance Journalist Samuel Henry Taylor

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  • Many arrests as well as continuing threats to press in Africa.
    countries like Sierra Leone , Cameroon,Gabon,Guinea Conakry,The Gambia,Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Togo Zimbabwe, the Countries press was the victim to bad Government no freedom of speech .
    If you’re a journalist in Africa, what do you make of your job? Are you taking your life in your hands?

    As a member of the public what you think about today of some Journalist forced into exile in Western countries because of their profession . AFRICAN government’s should take every necessary step to stop arrests journalists and several employees in the press .

    06/07/2011
  • Dear Editor in chief,
    Sierra Express Media Am delighted to this online article and i really like you to give merit to this Journalist that post this article online because we students normally lament on this article in UK.

    Thanks

    05/22/2011
  • Dear Sierra Express Media Journalists,
    Thanks for your online media reports. Journalists today facing serious and biggest problems with our Government today in Sierra Leone.Where the Government and his law today intend to limit the freedom of expression from his people and journalists . Thanks for your online news and Long live your online news.

    05/22/2011
  • Today Journalism in West Africa did not have any respect from our political leaders Am calling on all government political leaders to do respect our journalist and allow freedom of expression .Thanks to the writer of this Article online .

    05/16/2011
  • AS A STUDENT JOUARLIST CHALLENGES SUCH AS LACK OF EQUIPMENT TO PROVE REAL CONDITION OF EVENT WHICH HAS TAKEN PLACE. HIGH COST OF LIVING MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR THE YOUTH TO FULLY PARTICIPATE AND PRODUCE NEWS WHICH IS HIDDEN FROM THE PUBLIC AWARENESS.

    02/15/2011
  • Dear Samuel,
    Journalist today facing serious problem with government and it’s good for some of you journalist to comment on the problem journalists facing in Africa,especially in Sierra Leone no respect for our journalists and it’s better for our Government to know and the whole world to know that.

    sholaday meyama cole

    12/18/2010
  • Dear Sierra Express Media,
    Thanks for your online article. I will like our African Government to protect our African journalists around the world. Because African journalists lives are in danger they need respect and protection from Government in African Countries. Government should stop harass them .

    12/16/2010
  • Indeed African Journalists did not have any respect from African leaders. A lot of brutal with journalists in Africa countries and some journalists are Unlawful detention prison without any reason. I think our government should stop brutal Journalist and allow freedom of information by journalists in african countries.
    Miss Josephine

    12/15/2010

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