The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has lifted the ban on the Sierra Leone Bar Association at an emergency meeting held at SLENA headquarters on Wednesday 22nd, July, 2009.
The SLAJ executive explained that the ban was imposed on the Judiciary for their reluctance to repeal certain sections of the 1965 Public Order Act especially that which deals with Criminal Libel.
SLAJ members stated that the Sierra Leone Bar Association is a separate entity which has nothing to do with decisions taken by the Judiciary.
It was explained that Magistrates and Judges cease to be members of the Bar Association on their appointment to the Bench.
The SLAJ executive and members lamented that the Bar Association suffered directly from a situation which they cannot effect any decision whatsoever especially when
the decision rests with the Supreme Court.
It was however unanimously agreed that the ban imposed on the Office of the Vice President, The Judiciary and the Police should be maintained.
The SLAJ President Mr. Umaru Fofana also pointed out that Journalists should not report any event regarding those institutions.
By Poindexter Sama