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Sierra Leone Parliament on Media Censorship

Sierra Leone Parliament on Media Censorship

A letter from the PR Department of the Sierra Leone Parliament has henceforth instructed members of the press wishing to cover Parliament to apply.

Such applications would require a journalist to make3 available a CV, photocopy of all relevant documents, present academic qualifications of at least a Diploma in Mass Communications from a recognized University.

Also any journalist wishing to cover Parliament should forward a photo copy of a valid ‘operational license’ granted by the Independent Media Commission and must be a registered member of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ ) among others.

The letter from the Deputy Director of information /Public Relations Parliament demands that the said journalist must have practiced for a ‘number of years’.

The documents according to the letter must be submitted at the Dispatch Section of Parliament not later than Wednesday 20th May 2020 to facilitate interview.

The letter went on to state that an accreditation to report on Parliament is not a paid job but a qualified privilege granted by the House in light of professionalism and accurate reporting on its proceedings for the consumption of the public.

The tail end of the letter says SLAJ and the IMC will form part of the Accreditation Committee.

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