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Solidarity is a Pillar for Press Freedom

2014-07-19 17:36:34

Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them. The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and bickering among them is a favourable sign to those who always aim at gagging free speech. Such manifestations are therefore a great impediment towards achieving their noble objectives in enhancing liberal democracy, protection of fundamental human rights, good governance, free, fair and credible (...)Read the full story »

PMDC Shakes Bo

12 July 2007
This photo of a massive PMDC march in Bo this week was sent to us by a dedicated supporter of that party who said SLPP supporters were thrown into a panic when the PMDC took hold of the town. Skirmishes between PMDC and SLPP supporters were later reported. There had been persistent rumours and speculations by some pundits that the PMDC was finished as a political force. This photo says otherwise. As they say, a photo is worth more than a thousand (...)

PDL Press Release

7 July 2007
Sierra Leone People’s Democratic League Public Statement. 6 JULY 2007. Subject: Sierra Leone Threatened by US World Imperialism. Our attention has been drawn to an evil plan by United States imperialist agents in the region to invade and annex oil rich southern towns and villages of Sierra Leone. This vicious, subversive and anti-African plan, we are reliably informed has the support of the government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in (...)

The "infamous" Bo School?

24 June 2007
By Alpha Lebbie (Fonz), USA. On an internet blog site that I visited last week, the blogger, who happens to have volunteered in Sierra Leone for a Canadian NGO , showed a picture of what he called "the infamous Bo School". What drew my attention here is the dilapidated state of the school. And for one thing ,inspite of the dilapidated state of Sierra Leone ,THE BO SCHOOL has no reason to be in such a state. After all ,this school has produced luminaries, statesmen, and very important (...)

Horror in Sierra Leone

27 May 2007
By Ayo Mason, Holland. International organisations including the UN have constantly warned that the things that led to the outbreak of Sierra Leone’s civil war are still visible and there is a concern that steps are needed to lift the people from the yoke of poverty. The present SLPP government has told an outright and intentional lie that its policies cater for all and are even-handed to all while at the same time it promises to treat Sierra Leone as one country and Sierra (...)

Sierra Leone Watch: A critical look at current political issues: Jan-Apr 2007

22 April 2007
By Edie Vandy, USA. Kabbah Compensate ‘Cronies’ with National Honours It’s now official: President Kabbah will mark this year’s independence on April 27, 2007 by awarding 151 National Honours to men and women he considers to have ‘distinguished themselves in meritorious and outstanding service to the nation’. 151 accolades! Come on. This is an astronomical figure, and smells of a desperation by a man yearning to pay back cronies for supporting his (...)

SLPP has failed on Security for Sierra Leoneans

19 April 2007
By Teddy Foday-Musa, Holland. Security is a human right responsibility of any government of the day to its people. Such responsibility must be provided in the interest and safety of the people and the state. Governments that are elected by the people, or that assume power on behalf of the people, should have security on top of their performance scale of preference list. State security should be the cornerstone of government policies. Security is not only a prerequisite for development, (...)

Leadership, Corruption and Development in Africa

13 March 2007
By Mohamed Boye Jallo Jamboria. Actively or passively, all Africa countries, with the exception of may be Ethiopia and Liberia, have reason(s) to celebrate as Ghana celebrates her 50th independence anniversary. Ethiopia and Liberia are exceptions because they have never been under prolonged colonial rule like the rest of today’s emerging African nation-states. These two, of course naturally celebrate with the rest because of their distinguished roles as countries where major (...)

The Special Court’s Push for an Unfair Advantage for the Prosecutor: Fact or Fiction?

22 February 2007
By Ishamel Taylor-Kamara, USA. I consider myself to be a pretty charitable person; so I can forgive anyone (except a lawyer, I suppose) who attempts to read a 307 page trial transcript and ultimately “cries uncle”. However, as with most things in life, even generosity must have some limitations. This brings me to the analysis from Messrs. Abdul Karim Bangura and Sami Gandy-Gorgla of the Sierra Leone Working Group (“The Special Court’s Push for an Unfair Advantage (...)

Voices From Confinement

31 January 2007
By Karamoh Kabba Sierra Leone’s decade-long war is over at last, but the new coalition of detained former members of warring factions says the awkward combination of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Special Court (SC) of Sierra Leone is the detractor of the provisions of the Lome Peace Accord of 1999 and TRC’s imperative recommendations. The Lome Peace Accord, which was ratified by the government of Sierra Leone Parliament grants pardon to all combatants of the (...)

World Bank Report: Solid Waste Management in Freetown

17 January 2007
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Solid waste management in Freetown poses costly and vexing problems. Included are low service coverage-averaging 40%, insufficient budgets, highly inadequate equipment, substantial inefficiencies such as high costs, low quality service, low labor productivity, poor public attitudes, and widespread illegal dumping. In addition, the long domestic insurgency heavily damaged or destroyed the existing infrastructure, and also, significantly contributed to the more than (...)

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EDITORIAL

Welcome to the Free Town

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

The mountainous city of Freetown is not only the capital of the coastal West African State of Sierra Leone but is also the seat of government. It is a common saying among the residents that the (...)

OPINION

Solidarity is a Pillar for Press Freedom

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them. The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and (...)