EU Chief pleased with President Bio’s move to repeal criminal libel law

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December 14, 2018

By Mohamed Massaquoi

EU
Ambassador Tom Vens

Head of European Union delegation to Sierra Leone has commended President Julius Maada Bio for his commitment in repealing the obnoxious criminal libel law, adding that journalists must have a good working environment in carrying out their responsibilities.

Ambassador Tom Vens   made the statement yesterday at the Balmaya Arts Gallery,Congo Cross in Freetown.
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He said the work of journalists is crucial to the democratic process of the country and that freedom of information is significant to good governance, accountability and transparency.

“We want journalists to get access to information without any hindrance, and we also want them to be professional in doing their work. I am pleased that during the president interactions with journalists recently, he promised to repeal or remove part five of the Public Order Act which criminalises libel and that is very important for journalism practice,” he said.

He further that they were pleased that strong actions have now been taken by the president and the First Lady to address   issues around gender based violence.

 “President Bio was given the opportunity to explain his government agenda, policies and programmes and that was holistically appreciated  by the president of the European Union,” he said, adding that EU will continue to support the government and people of Sierra Leone.