IMC chair takes media sabbatical


June 22, 2016 By Alusine Sesay

Chairperson of the Independent Media Commission (IMC), Ambassador Allieu Kanu has refused to talk to the media on the just concluded case between the commission and veteran journalist and producer of the good governance programme called Monologue, Dr. David Tam Bayoh.

The commission was dragged to court by Dr. Bayoh, who felt aggrieved over the suspension of his monologue programme. He went to court to seek judicial review of the commission’s decision to suspend his programme, on the ground that the said decision was borne out of malice against him.

Justice Musu Kamara, who presided over the matter for the past seven months, ruled in favour of Dr. Tam Bayoh, stating that the commission’s action was unjust and that they should pay cost to the litigant.

Tam Bayoh has demanded that the commission should pay him Le760 million, which according to him is cost of loss of income caused by the ‘harsh’ suspension, adding that the decision prevented him from making Le20 million from his weekly advertisement.

Efforts by Concord Times to get the views of the commission on the High Court ruling have so far been abortive. Secretary to the Chairperson of the commission told this reporter that “Ambassador said he cannot talk to the media now until after board meeting.
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The development, while unexpected, has been described by critical minded media experts who opine that the chairperson of the media regulator should be in a position to address the media on any issue bordering on the practice of journalism, especially so when the commission has lost a landmark case against a journalist.