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SLAJ concerned about phoney media trainings

SLAJ concerned about phoney media trainings

FreetownThe Sierra Leone Association of Journalists is seriously concerned about the rampant, uncoordinated and sometimes unnecessary training programmes being organised in the name of journalists in the country.

Some nongovernmental organisations raise funds both locally and externally in the name of building the capacity of the Sierra Leone media. They come and organise phoney trainings if only to please their benefactors and keep the money to themselves with the media hardly benefitting anything at all.

SLAJ wishes to remind all its partners that a training needs assessment survey had been done by the SLAJ in collaboration with the Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD) and is being compiled. In the meantime any training meant for journalists should be channelled through SLAJ, the Independent Media Commission, or organisations set up to do so who should collaborate with SLAJ.

As the prime media union in the country, we would like to urge All Media and Development Partners to cooperate with us and with the IMC to ensure relevant, structured and well-coordinated media trainings that will not only sharpen the skills and knowledge base of media practitioners but will also brighten the media landscape in the country especially so as we approach presidential and general elections next year.

Therefore, the association will henceforth disassociate it self from and call on its members to boycott any media training which fails to comply. After all, some of these so-called training organisers are working more in their own interest than in the interest of the journalists.

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