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SLAJ plans big demonstration tomorrow

SLAJ plans big demonstration tomorrow

Members of the Sierra Leone Association for Journalists (SLAJ) agreed at last week’s meeting at their 56 Campbell Street headquarters in Freetown, to stage a big demonstration through a general news blackout across the country.

According to the President of the SLAJ, Mr. Kelvin Lewis, the demonstration is a means of preaching to the Government of Sierra Leone and the general public the need for respect for Journalists especially press freedom.

It can be recalled that the Managing Editor of the Independent Observer Newspaper, Mr. Jonathan Leigh and his Editor, Mr. Bai Bai Sesay published a story that reported offended the Presidency leading to the arrest of the Journalists. They continue to be detained at the Pademba Road Prison in Freetown and face a 26 count charge of seditious libel, defamation and related offences.

Mr. Kelvin Lewis has said that all issues relating to Journalists publishing offensive articles against whosoever should be reported to the Independent Media Commission (IMC), which has the responsibility to regulate the press and resolve disputes between Journalists and the general public.

He pointed out that any person, group or groups of persons who decide this constitutional arrangement deserves to be demonstrated against.

He called for the immediate release of Messrs Jonathan Leigh and Bai Bai Sesay.

He appealed to all Journalists in the country to come out in their numbers to show solidarity with their colleagues.

By Rosetta Njawa

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