Some media houses have become beneficiaries of a package donated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ).
The beneficiaries of digital compact camera are New Citizen, African Standard, The Exclusive, Spark newspaper, SLENA, For di People, The Spectator, The News, Peep newsmagazine, The Pen and Awoko newspaper.
Sixteen radio stations spanning across the country received tape recorders and they are; FM 98.1, Sky 106, Radio Tombo, Eastern Radio- Kenema, Radios Mankneh, Maria and SLBS all in Makeni, Radio Bintumani, Kabala, Kissy 104 –Bo, Radio Mattru-Jong, Kallone, Gbafith in Mile 91 and Radio Mount Auroel.
Before the prizegiving ceremony, SLAJ’s president I.B. Kargbo spoke about the effective cooperation between his organisation and UNDP towards improving the capacity of journalists, not only through training, but in improving their performance through the provision of operational needs.
The SLAJ president informed his audience that the cooperation would continue and those that were unlucky now would be rewarded at a latter date.
He lauded the excellent relationship between the association and the UN system, noting that journalists would continue to be neutral during the course of the election period.
Mr Kargbo said, “modalities are now being put in place for journalists for a smooth transition coverage after the elections”.
Peter Tayong, the communications officer of UNDP who made the presentation to the various media houses, lauded journalists for their excellent coverage of the elections, and assured all that his organisation would work with SLAJ to help increase the standards of the profession.
He spoke about the excellent manner the election were conducted which had earned the country a plus in the international arena.