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ACC boss says media has greater responsibility to expose corruption

September 13, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Commissioner of Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has stated that  media has a greater responsibility to exposing corruption in the country.

Ade Macualey was speaking last Friday (September 9) at The Place Hotel, Tokeh during the first annual general meeting of the Guild of Newspaper Editors- Sierra Leone.

He said even though the ACC was leading the fight against corruption, they cannot do it alone, and that they needed  the full support of journalists, especially Editors so as to ensure that the country was free of corrupt individuals.

“We are leading the fight against corruption but we cannot do it alone. We need the support of everyone, especially the media. What we have in Sierra Leone is bribery and corruption. There is nothing petty about corruption,” he said.

According to him, the ACC many a time got relevant information from news published by journalists on newspapers.

Mr. Macauley was however, concerned that some of the news being published on newspapers on corruption cases were different from what transpired in court.

He noted that journalists were not exempted from being arrested for corruption related activities, citing conspiracy as one of the ways they can be roped, thus  cautioning  them to careful in their work.

On behalf of the Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG), Francis Sowa, a senior lecturer at the Mass Communication Department, Fourah Bay College said they acknowledge the importance of the role of the Guild of Editors in the media landscape.

He expressed the need for the organization to network and galvanize  support to advance their course because according to him, newspapers in Sierra Leone were generally linked to bad journalism.

He noted that to correct such anomaly, it was incumbent on the organization to start peer review within their ranks and stressed that media was about content and clarity, thus urging the organization to encourage it members to invest in content production in order to uplift their profile.

“The MRCG believes that it was time the Guild started thinking about serious business model to run newspapers so that they become sustainable and viable,” he said

Mr. Sowa stated that as the theme speaks to elections and the print media, it was but critical that the organization urged its members to promote peace and ensure that hate speech and other ethical breaches do not plunge the country into chaos.

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