Information Ministry Warns Foreign Journalists
The Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Cornelius Deveaux, has warned that all foreign journalists entering the country must obtain accreditation from his Ministry.
According to the Deputy Minister, there are legitimate channels which state that a letter must be written to the Information Ministry, showing intent and purpose and should be accompanied with a photo copy of passport and two passport pictures, to the Sierra Leone Embassies abroad on arrival of the foreign media practitioner.
Mr. Deveaux expressed dismay over how some foreign journalists come into the country and practice their profession without going through the proper channels.
The Deputy Minister said foreign journalists that visit Sierra Leone are aided by some Sierra Leoneans who go around with them filming and taking pictures of areas that are eyesores without speaking to the appropriate authorities.
He added that consequently, the foreign journalists publish reports that paint a negative picture of Sierra Leone, her people and the Government.
Mr. Deveaux said such ugly development is taking place at a time when all efforts are being made by Government to rebrand the country.
He reiterated that his Ministry considers such actions as unprofessional. Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Bangura, has called on foreign journalists currently in Sierra Leone to report to his office within the next forty-eight (48) hour on hearing or reading the public announcement issued by his Ministry.
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