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SLAJ commends members for turning out for AGM

The Executive of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) commends the general membership for turning out in numbers for the just concluded Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association held in the Northern City of Makeni from June 6 – 8, 2014.

SLAJ also wishes to thank all invited guests who took time off their busy schedules to attend the opening ceremony of the AGM on Friday June 6, and the Special Black & White Dinner the following Saturday.

In a special way, the Executive extends gratitude to all donors, including African Minerals Ltd., Mercury International, Sierra Rutile, Sierratel, Airtel and Africell, among others, for their financial and material support which in a very big way contributed to the successful hosting of the meeting. We also acknowledge the contributions of individuals, for which we are equally grateful.

This year’s AGM attracted the participation of over 300 journalists drawn from across the four regions of the country. Many delegates described the meeting as the largest ever gathering of journalists at a particular given time and one of the most successfully held in the history of SLAJ. The meeting, which continued on to the third day on Sunday June 8, critically examined the current state of the media in Sierra Leone and charted the way forward for a more professional and responsible media.

The meeting, held under the theme “An Introspective Look at the Sierra Leone Media: the Public Good”, also looked at the criminal libel laws and the operations of the media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC), with a view to making it more robust in dealing with complaints and in regulating the media.

SLAJ President Kelvin Lewis said: “We had a good AGM, now we must go out and practice responsibly.”

He congratulated all delegates for a successful meeting, and “our special thanks go to Moseray Fadika of AML and Samir Hassaniyeh of Mercury Foundation and the Sierra Leone Police, among many others, for their generous contributions”.