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SLAJ concerned over threats against Journalist Lamrana Bah


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Journalist Amadu Lamrana Bah is the recipient of the ‘Journalist of the Year 2023’ award

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has issued a stern condemnation against the recent surge in threats and attacks targeting esteemed journalist Amadu Lamrana Bah, a vocal advocate for transparency and accountability in Sierra Leone.

Bah, distinguished as the recipient of the esteemed ‘Journalist of the Year 2023’ award by SLAJ, has found himself at the receiving end of a barrage of insults, intimidation, and online harassment allegedly orchestrated by supporters of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and government affiliates.

The onslaught against Bah appears to have intensified following his persistent questioning of President Julius Maada Bio’s extensive international travels and the acquisition of a luxury Maybach Benz Jeep amid economic hardships faced by ordinary citizens.

Bah’s unwavering commitment to speaking truth to power has evidently ruffled feathers within certain circles.

Expressing grave concern over these developments, SLAJ President Ahmed Sahid Nasralla reiterated the fundamental importance of press freedom in a democracy.

President of SLAJ, Ahmed Sahid Nasralla said: “Freedom of the press is a fundamental tenet of democracy, and any attempt to silence journalists through insults, threats, intimidation, and harassment undermines the very essence of this basic human right, and its significance to our fledgling democracy it is imperative that we stand in solidarity with journalists like Lamrana and unequivocally denounce these reprehensible actions.”

SLAJ has emphasised the imperative of safeguarding the safety and well-being of journalists, both in the physical and online realms. The organisation has called upon authorities to swiftly investigate the threats directed at Bah and ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.

In a show of solidarity, SLAJ reaffirmed its unwavering support for Bah and all journalists in Sierra Leone facing similar challenges in the pursuit of truth and transparency. The organisation underscored its commitment to defending press freedom and ensuring that journalists can discharge their duties without fear of reprisal.

The association underscored the gravity of the situation, urging collective action to protect the rights of journalists and uphold the principles of a free press in Sierra Leone.

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