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Time flies indeed

6 August 2015 at 10:52 | 1066 views

By Bakar Mansaray, alias Samory, Canada.*

Doesn’t time fly? Time simply flew while The Patriotic Vanguard (PV) was busy trying to maintain the positive impression it created ten years ago. I remembered in 2005 when Sierra Leone was faced with the herculean task of strengthening its legal and institutional framework. PV, like a grave digger pushing a sarcophagus onto a grave, took the pioneering steps of establishing an electronic news portal.

Today, in 2015, PV has seemingly blossomed into a rose opening to the warmth of the tropics. Notwithstanding its challenges, PV has become an incredible source of humane stories. A captivating example was the story on the late Zimbabwean writer, Dambudzo Marechera which was presented by its author with an amazingly sympathetic pen.

In this era of democracy and transparency, PV cannot shy away from its intrinsic stance of being political. We are all political beings, one way or the other. As such, we are all entitled to voice out our opinions.

PV has tried to maintain objectivity in its task of observing and reporting. In my opinion, it has neither been glaringly radical and subversive nor blatantly docile and subservient. Its drive is simply derived from its passion for journalism. Happy tenth anniversary PV!

*Bakar Mansaray, a short story writer and poet, is the author of the collection A Suitcase Full of Dried Fish and other stories (2015).