OCTOBER 23, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.
The executive and general membership of the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) have in a general meeting on Wednesday unanimously agreed to slam an indefinite suspension on activities of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).
The decision, which was taken at the Harry Yansanneh Hall of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) on Campbell Street in Freetown, saw a total of 33 out of 36 members voting in favour of the decision to slam an indefinite suspension on reporting on all activities of the SLFA.
The decision by the sports journalist body came after three of its members were embarrassed in Yaoundé, after they were deported and thus prevented from covering Sierra Leone’s national team, Leone Stars 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Cameroon.
According to a report by SWASAL scribe Frank Cole, the SLFA deliberately failed to include their names on the official list of delegation despite officially informing them through correspondence, which was also copied to the Minister of Sports, Paul Kamara.
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“That has been the normal trend, we write to the Football Association giving the names of our journalists to be included on the official delegation list. The Cameroonian police and authorities told us that the decision to restrict our movement from our hotel was that our names were not on the official delegation list,” Cole said.
Meanwhile, the SWASAL executive revealed that their next move is to inform all media owners about the Association’s decision and warned that any member who flouts the decision will be suspended.