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SDI Launches Sierra Leone’s State of Media Report

SDI Launches Sierra Leone’s State of Media Report

The Society for Democratic Initiative (SDI) on Monday 29th September 2009 formerly launched their State of the Media Report on Sierra Leone at the Sierra Leone News Agency’s Wallace Johnson Street office in Freetown.

The programme was graced by Director of Premier News Dr. Julius Spenser. Media practitioners from various press houses graced the occasion.

In his opening statement, Julius Spenser expressed gratitude to SDI for their bold initiative in contributing towards the development of the media in the country, pointing out that this is not the first publication SDI has done concerning issues affecting the media in the country. SDI is the only non-governmental organization that is doing this type of impression work about the media in Sierra Leone, the chairman said.

Spenser admonished journalists to consider the media report seriously as it will help them a lot in knowing about matters affecting them as journalists.

Mr. Emanuel Sagar Abdulai, Director of SDI in his statement noted that his organization was been formed since 2003 and that they have contributed significantly towards the state of the media in the country including issues like sensitization of the Freedom of Information Act.

He noted that publishing the State of the Media in the country has become a culture to them as they have done it once. He assured that his organization will continue to do this kind of work for the interest of the people.

Mr. Abdalai however expressed dismay that numerous press houses failed to publish their last annual reports.

He added that after more than ten years of civil war, Sierra Leoneans are rebuilding their country and its democratic institutions.

On the issue of newspaper and radios in the country, Abdulai stated that Sierra Leone now boasts of sixty registered newspapers in the country. He also revealed that Freetown has six private radio stations and every one of the twelve districts in the country has a private radio stations as well as a private television station.

Without a Freedom of Information law, the democratic standards of a country will be fragile, he concluded.     

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