The newly appointed and approved Minister of Information and Communication Mohamed Bangura has met with cross section of the Guild of Newspaper Editors.
The Chairman of the Guild of Editors, Donald Theo Harding congratulated both the Minister of Information and his Deputy, Cornelius Deveaux who according to the Chairman was an Editor and the Public Relations Officer of the Guild of Editors.
Chairman Harding stated that they wanted the Part Five of the 1965 Public Order Act which criminalizes libel to be repealed, adding that President promised the media before coming to power that if elected he will repeal the law as it is a bad law.
The Chairman mentioned the appointment of IMC Commissioners which according to him was not done in consultation with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ).
He also talked about capacity building for editors in the country and for the government to pioneer exchange programmes for editors
Responding to some of the issues raised by the Editors, the Minister of Information said that he still considers himself a journalist who was affected by the Criminal Libel Law and as such stated that he will ensure that laws are repealed.
He also advised that in as much as Government is trying to remove the law, media practitioners should ensure that they too become responsible
He said that when he was a cub reporter in Sierra Leone, there was a link between the Canadian Federation of Journalists in Sierra Leone and that he will try to rekindle that relationship.
Mohamed Bangura noted that he will help any journalists that want to further his/her study either locally or internationally as he has been doing that before becoming a Minister.
The National Publicity and Outreach Coordinator, Ajibu Tejan Jalloh thanked members of the Guild of Editor and assured them of the Ministry’s support.