The Independent Media Commission (IMC) has recently settled complaints from the general public levied against certain media establishments,
states a press release from the commission.
The first complaint which was dealt with, according to the release, was from the National Tourist Board against The Storm newspaper.
The release states that the commission deliberated on a complaint from Mr Harold Graham, finance and administrative manager, on behalf of the Board in respect of an article published in the New Storm newspaper of 31st
May with headline: “As corruption mars cleaning exercise, Tourist Board implicated”. It continues that the complainant alleged that the content of the article was a fabrication of the current status of the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) implemented by the National Tourist Board.
According to the release, Mr Graham maintained that the Board was very dissatisfied with the article, which he described as libelous and
The release discloses that, “the committees deliberate on the matter several times but the editor could not produce any evidence to substantiate
his allegations, [while], representatives of the Tourist Board on the other hand were able to produce facts and figures relating to the issue which vindicated the Board from the allegation made by [New Storm].”
It was also noted that “at the penultimate meeting, the managing editor informed members that he would bring witnesses, failing which the
commission should apply the necessary disciplinary measures as provided in the Media Code of Practice.
The Mayor of Freetown also issued a letter complaining about allegation made by the Equity newspaper accusing him of receiving $60,000 from Celtel to clean the city.
After deliberating over the accusation, the commission advised the managing editor to publish a retraction of the offending article within seven
days “failing which the penalties provided on page 12 Sections1 & 3 of the Media Code of Practice for publication of false information will
The third complaint dealt with by the commission was that of Mr Samuel Valcarcel of UN Radio and The Exclusive managing editor in relation to
an article published by the newspaper on Monday 16 July with headline ‘UN Radio Man Misbehaves’
The release states that, “the board deliberated lengthily on the matter and concluded that the article was misleading and false and maintained
that the newspaper should publish a retraction and apology not later than 7 days… [or would pay a fine of] Le750, 000 failing which relevant
provisions for non-compliance stipulated in the IMC Act will be invoked.”
The last issue addressed by the commission, according to the report was between the Director of Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank,
Kumba Ngongou and The Spectator newspaper managing editor. The editor tendered his unreserved apology to the Bank and was asked to publish a retraction