The Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed Rahman Swaray, has said the joint presidential guard who beat up the two female journalists during the football encounter between Sierra Leone and Liberia has been removed and retrained. No criminal charges were laid against the assailant, and No further penalties were levied against the perpetrator. An investigation was conducted by the Ministry and a group of stakeholders. The Minister made this disclosure at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information and Communication, on Youyi Building in Freetown, on Thursday 24th October 2019. On 8th September 2019, Sierra Leone played Liberia at the national stadium during which two female journalists from the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) were beaten. On the 17th October 2019, the Committee presented their findings and made recommendations. The Committee recommended:
- Immediate removal of the joint presidential guard that beat up the two female journalists,
- Reimbursement of their medical expenses, among others.
The Ministry of Information and Communication responded:
- The Government will refund supported expenses already incurred on treatment of victims of the incident at the National Stadium.
- The Government will facilitate and finance further medical attention needed by the female journalists and the other identified victims, which can only be predicated on a certified medical report.
- Necessary administrative action has been taken against the officer of the joint presidential guard force proven to have inflicted grievous bodily harm on the female journalists.
- All issues in the report relating to line Ministries and agencies will be referred to them for appropriate timely intervention.
- The government will pay claims for damage incurred by victims as contained in the report.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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