After a two-day training for female journalists, organized by the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) in collaboration with the Cultural Consulate of the Iranian embassy, it was agreed by female participants to form an alliance for female journalists.
At the workshop, which took place at the conference room of the Iranian embassy at Howe Street in Freetown, participants agreed to form an alliance called “Sierra Leone, Iran Female Journalists Friendship Society” that would bring together Iranian female journalists and Sierra Leonean female journalists.
Giving the welcome address at the workshop, Mohamed Sofla, Cultural Chancellor of the Iranian embassy, said the role of the media in every society was important.
He added that the media were an educator, guardian of every nation, adding that every nation depended on the media.
Mr Sofla pointed out that the media served as a mobile school in each society, noting that they played a pivotal role in government development.
The acting Ambassador of Iran, Samadi Nejad, said “Islam gives great value to women that is why I place them on a high distinct level”. Ambassador Nejad noted that the role of journalists was important to that of the role of a prophet, stating that the only difference was that journalists passed on messages from the masses to the government vice versa; whilst prophets pass on message from God to the masses.