Journalism is Going Down in Sierra Leone
By Abdul Suhood Komeh,
It is reported that the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), the people whose role it is in a democracy, to hold the government and the powerful to account. On May 8, 2021 accepted 40 bags of rice, 10 bags of onions, over 300 litres of cooking oil, and other dried goods, as ‘gift’ from the press secretary of the President of Sierra Leone.
Even if one does not expect better from this stumbling government. This is wholly inappropriate. It is neither kindness, nor altruism. If true, this is a bribe, and corruption. Journalism is being bought and rewarded to, and for pliancy; for abdicating their responsibility to the country, the people, and democracy. And in broad daylight.
This could explain our journalists’ cold responses to the work of the Africanist Press. If this is proved true, then the rot in the country is far more severe than any social scientist could determine.
Where are the clever people in the SLPP? No, the party has got to be better than this. Otherwise, they are themselves undermining democratic growth in the country.
As for our fourth estate, the only grace now is for journalism to shut shop. Game over. There is no journalism in Sierra Leone, but Public Relations enterprises.