AUGUST 28, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.
The Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) has lauded the initiative and contribution of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country through the association’s sustained radio sensitization programs as well as publications in the local newspapers.
SWASAL said it is fully in support of the SLAJ initiative and urged its members, who are sports presenters and sports editors, to allocate some airtime and space in their various mediums to adequately disseminate preventive measures to combat the disease.
Meanwhile, consequent upon the declaration of the State of Public Emergency by President Ernest Bai Koroma on 30th July and following due consultations with its members, SWASAL said it will put on hold all pending by-elections for vacant national and regional executive positions until the Ebola situation normalizes.
However, the association has slammed a parallel body that is allegedly currently asking for financial support to join the Ebola fight.
“SWASAL wishes to disassociate itself completely from a pseudo-sports organization calling itself ‘SPORTS JOURNALISTS FIGHTING AGAINST EBOLA’ which has sent out countless number of letters to various institutions, organizations, associations and individuals soliciting funds in the guise of procuring so-called equipment to give to inhabitants of remote communities to prevent the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD),” the association said in a press release.
“SWASAL strongly warns all its members intending to be part of this dastardly act to desist forthwith or face the consequences. SWASAL therefore advices members of the general public to channel all financial and other material contributions towards the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to the appropriate authority preferably ‘The Presidential Task Force on Ebola’.”