Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rahman Swaray has reaffirmed government’s commitment to ‘Free Media’ in Sierra Leone.
Minister Swaray delivered a resolute message to an engaged audience during the official launch of the ‘The Media We Want’ Manifesto at New Brookfield’s Hotel in Freetown.
The event served as a platform for the government to reaffirm its unwavering dedication to a free and diverse media landscape.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Swaray underscored the vital role of an SLPP-led government in safeguarding the media and ensuring their unfettered ability to carry out their essential work.
With conviction, he declared: “Under President Julius Maada Bio’s leadership, the media finds solace and can freely express their thoughts.”
His words resonated with the audience, painting a vivid picture of a sanctuary where journalists fearlessly pursue the truth.
The minister proudly highlighted the remarkable achievements of the government, with one of the pivotal milestones being the historic repeal of the criminal libel law. The resounding applause that followed symbolized the removal of oppressive barriers that once stifled journalistic expression in Sierra Leone.
Minister Swaray further announced the successful hosting of the inaugural media viability conference an event that showcased the government’s commitment to nurturing a flourishing media industry. This significant milestone sparked renewed optimism among attendees, who envisioned a future where the media not only survives but thrives, supported by a government that recognizes its indispensable role in society.
Adding to the sense of excitement, Minister Swaray unveiled yet another achievement of the Bio-led administration, the groundbreaking Gender Empowerment Act.
This landmark legislation aims to improve the lives of female journalists, signaling a determined effort to foster gender equality within the media landscape.
The absence of other parties during this momentous occasion did not go unnoticed. Minister Swaray expressed disappointment in their lack of seriousness when it comes to championing press freedom.
It became abundantly clear that the SLPP government, under the visionary leadership of President Julius Maada Bio, stands alone as the unwavering guardian of a free press in Sierra Leone.
The powerful words of Minister Swaray left an indelible mark on the minds of those in attendance, igniting a sense of hope for Sierra Leone’s future. The government’s steadfast commitment to an open and diverse media promises to shed light on the nation’s triumphs, challenges, and aspirations, ensuring a vibrant and informed society for years to come