February 25, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The membership of the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) on Tuesday February 24 resolved to extend their news blackout on the activities of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) until further notice.
The decision to extend the sanction was unanimously agreed on at a well-attended general meeting of SWASAL members at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) secretariat, Campbell Street in Freetown.
However, the membership also agreed that the decision could be reversed immediately if the SLFA tenders an apology to SWASAL for their refusal to include three sports journalists on the official list of the national team, Leone Stars delegation that travelled to Cameroon for the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.
The FA’s decision to omit the journalists’ names from their official list led the Cameroonian authorities to deport the three journalists, namely: Mohamed Fajah Barrie (SWASAL president), secretary general Frank Magnus Ernest Cole, and Mohamed Kelfala Sesay.
The journalists had travelled to Cameroon to provide live coverage on the two legged matches between Sierra Leone and Cameroon.
Since the SWASAL membership took the decision to institute a news blackout on the FA some three months back, the SLFA are yet to make any official statement on the issue, especially as some of their officials keep taunting the journalists on social media that they played a role in their deportation.
Meanwhile, the sports journalists’ body also agreed to take stringent action against any of their members who violates the resolve to give a news blackout on all SLFA activities.