From the Editor’s Keyboard

What Our Readers Should Expect on Sunday

29 January 2013 at 18:06 | 988 views

Dear Readers,

Because of a very heavy schedule we were unable to bring you our CEO’s promised piece last Sunday but as an appetizer, here is just a little bit of what you should expect this weekend:

1. An analysis on why he thinks Dr. Samura Kamara (Finance Minister) and Zainab Bangura (former Health Minister) should be commended for their services to their country and not vilified and attacked, strangely enough, by some members within their own party, the APC. And how it’s impossible for a Minister to handle donor funds in today’s Sierra Leone. Factional fighting within the APC is still alive and well with some people using their newspapers and access to the media to destroy others. We are going to help put a stop to this.

2. On President Koroma’s wise decision to appoint Miatta Koroma as Health Minister.She is not only young and educated but also knows a lot about accounting and management procedures, according to our investigation.

3. On why the new Interior Minister, Joseph Badabla Dauda should act decisively on criminal activities in the country through the police force. A recent press release from the American embassy in Freetown was damaging for the country.

4. There will also be a lecture on Journalism and Propaganda and how a government official cannot and should not call himself a journalist. Doing so is just total nonsense and an attempt to fool the people. If you want to be a real journalist you should leave government service. Period.

4. How Speculation and Rumours are part of Journalism the world over, from the New York Times, the Guardian in London, Le Monde in Paris and so on. The only caveat is the journalist should make sure they do not present speculation or rumour as facts. That’s why serious journalists use words like "it is believed", "likely", "may have", "unconfirmed", etc. Pick up or log on to any serious newspaper and you will see a lot of speculations and rumours but they are always presented as rumours and speculations, not as facts. Some rumours and speculations turn out to be true, others do not. It’s all part of journalism. Only a communist country or a fake journalist (with coconut milk, not brains in his head) would say journalists should not speculate and only dish out what the Government says.

More anon.