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Mourning the Kelvin Victory

Mourning the Kelvin Victory

In line with the expectation of most journalists in Sierra Leone, Kelvin Lewis, the Proprietor and Managing Editor of Sierra Leone newspaper AWOKO,  has been elected National President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ).

While congratulating our new president and celebrating his historic landslide victory, we are mourning the victory which has caused him to inherit a big load of problems in the association. Kelvin has ascended the SLAJ presidency when the association is infected by a plague of chronic diseases threatening its very survival. Our new president has come in the wake of a damning media report which has accused the association of being politically divided and professionally bankrupt. Kelvin’s first assignment is to address the problems catalogued by the damaging report released recently by the Society for Democratic Initiatives (SDI).

We believe Kelvin has inherited a disunited, politicized and polluted SLAJ, the reformation of which will certainly give him a severe headache, so, we are mourning his victory. Kelvin now has the herculean task of fighting for the enactment of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill and the prevalence of instant justice for brutalized journalists, apart from the difficult duty of unifying the association and instilling professionalism in journalism.

With such complex problems legated to him, we are of the view that Kelvin will spend the best part of his tenure of office struggling to solve the multi-faceted problems plaguing the association, therefore, we mourn his victory.

Our brand new president has come when our noble profession is being proliferated by a countless number of quacks masquerading as journalists, dragging to the mud the name of the profession through their unethical conduct. Kelvin, being a classical example of a professional journalist, now has the big task of weeding out the quacks who may gang up against him in the process, so we are mourning the victory that has landed Kelvin in such problems.

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  • I wish Kelvin well. However he can not do it alone. He needs the total support of genuine patriotic non-partisan professional journalist.

    May God help him.

    15th April 2013

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