Vice Presidential aspirant for the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) and also Managing Editor of the Independent Observer, Jonathan Leigh, has announced that capacity building would be his main focus if elected to office. He made this statement while speaking to Journalists at the Stop Press Restaurant.
He was hosting Journalists at a press launch, where he explained his agenda and reasons for contesting.
The Managing Editor explained the difficulties the Association has faced over the years and the challenges that lay ahead.
He had served as Vice President during the Tayib Bah regime; and explained that it was during that period that the Managing Editor of For Di People Newspaper, Paul Kamara was jailed and that they fought hard to secure his release.
He stressed that as Journalist he has gone through the ranks, starting as a Cub Reporter and now a Managing Editor.
He cautioned voters, to vote in somebody who would represent them well and agitate their interest. “How can you elect somebody to office who does not belong or run an institution?
How can that person publicize the activities of SLAJ?” he asked.
He spoke of dialoging with the SLAJ executive and Reporter’s Union on the conditions of service for Reporters and capacity building for them.
Jonathan Leigh started practicing Journalism in 1982 and served in various Newspapers until he established his own in 1997. He had reported for New Africa, Daily Observer in Gambia, BBC and VOA among others.
The Ag President of SLAJ, Phillip Neville spoke highly of Leigh as very hard working; and that he would have no problem working with him if elected as Vice President.