The Information and Communications Minister, Mohamed Rahman Swaray has vowed that even though there are daunting challenges facing the sector, he will make Independent Media Commission(IMC) Stronger, Tougher and more Tenacious. He made this statement when the IMC paid a courtesy call on him at his Youyi building office. He said strengthening the IMC becomes an obligation, because he will not have any rest if he had bad press. He assured the IMC of his Ministry’s unflinching support to the commission. Government he maintained will give the IMC the requisite teeth to bit and bit deep to reflect the new direction.
The Information Minister however expressed his resentment over what he referred to as the inefficiency of the IMC to take action on media houses which according to him went over the red line and reported all sorts of defamatory and seditious stories during the just concluded election, noting that the IMC just back clouded and did nothing. Never the less, he disclosed that President Bio has promised to repeal the seditious libel law.
Earlier the chairman of the IMC, Allieu Kanu outlined the success and challenges of the commission since he took over office three years ago, these he said were not only limited to lack of funds but the confrontations the commission was facing with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists and other media houses. “Some of these bottle necks have now been subsided since we now have a very good relationship with SLAJ under the leadership of Kelvin Louis” he discoursed.
He furthered that various committees of the IMC includes the Applications of committee, Technical committee, Policy committee , and compliance and finance committee have been working in concert to foster the aspirations of the commission. We have registered 40 radio stations, three televisions stations and 127 newspapers and under my leadership as chairman sanity has been restored to the Independent Media Commission.
Commissioner Patricia Ganda said the commission has been training ,monitoring and doing sports checks on radio stations but there are still some big major gaps, she appeal for more training opportunities to ease the work of complaint committee.
Presentation of the IMC Act and work plan climaxed the occasion.
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