The Committee that was looking into the alleged beating of two female journalists of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), has called on President Bio to sack the presidential guards who manhandled the female journalists. This was revealed at the usual government press briefing at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information and Communication, on Youyi Building in Freetown, on Thursday 17th October 2019. The committee which was set up by the Ministry of Information and Communication includes civil society groups, Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, among others, and each of the institutions represented had two representatives. Individual testimonies from both the victims and the perpetrators were used, as well as physical and electronic evidence. Chairperson for the said committee, Doris Sunsiamana, said, the report constitutes thirteen recommendations. Chief among the recommendation are:
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- The alleged perpetrators who were identified should be removed from their position with immediate effect.
- A public apology should be made in respect of their unprofessional conduct.
- The state should facilitate and finance further medical attention to the victims.
Receiving the report, the Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed R. Swaray, said, they as a government will study the report, take the necessary steps, and in the shortest possible time will update the press on what their position is. “Justice is not only to be done, but to be seen to be done.” He said, his government is committed to protecting the rights of every Sierra Leonean. It could be recalled that on Saturday 8th September 2019, Sierra Leone played a football match with Liberia at the National Stadium where the two female journalists were severely beaten. A few weeks later, a committee was set to enquire into the alleged action by Presidential guards.
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