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PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2009....
AND NOT A WHIMPER
Ernest Koroma's tactics have exposed sections of the press for what they truly are - beggars without principles
FROM THE ERNEST BAI KOROMA PAID PEN PUSHERS.
ARE THEY ALL SO BUSY BEGGING AND CRAWLING ON MISERABLE BELLIES
FOR FAVOURS AND PERKS THAT THE DAY HAS GONE JUST LIKE THAT?
WHAT A TRAGEDY, WHAT A BETRAYAL!!!!


Sunday May 3, 2009 - World Press Freedom Day - Time for those in authority to take a good second look at attitudes to the "critical" press.

Today is World Press Freedom Day - a day set aside by UNESCO, UNESCO DG the UN body to focus on issues affecting members of the Fourth Estate and this year the theme is aimed at finding ways of bridging the gap between the governed and the state machinery with the focus on the media and dialogue. On the UNESCO website to mark this day is this important text that should serve as a pointer to what governments especially those in the mother country should be seriously thinking about with a view to state operatives realising that the ball has always being in their court and it is left with them to embark on a change of attitude towards the press that is seen as critical.

"Media functions as a vehicle for the flow of a plurality of viewpoints and multiplicity of voices, thus permitting exercises of citizenship such as participation, criticism and voting. Informed citizens can better and more actively participate in their societies’ decision making processes."
UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in his message for today Sunday May 3, 2009 World Press Freedom Day has noted that

"Strengthening the principles and practices of a free and professional media is the most sustainable way of encouraging a media culture that works towards building peace. Only a media that is vibrant, independent, pluralistic, inclusive and fair, editorially free and beyond censorship and influence from owners or interests can contribute to dialogue and reconciliation across divides."
 

A far cry from what obtains in the mother country. A situation where certain characters parading as "independent journalists" in the business to get perks from a government which has been conditioned to describe any critic as "enemies of the state" are having a field day. The Ernest Koroma set-up (AFRC Mk 2) believes it should be painted in all the nice colours and sprayed with all manner of sweet-smelling perfumes forgetting that at the core of it all is a putrid and festering sore of thievery and deceit as ordinary Sierra Leoneans see life becoming unbearable by the hour with nepotism, regionalism, cronyism, violence and the threat of it, massive corruption and deception becoming the forte of its functionaries.

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WHAT WE WROTE ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY IN 2005


May 1, 2009 - You have to read this to believe the state of journalism within and without the mother country

SLAJ to observe special week to mark Press Freedom Day

As part of marking World Press Freedom Day which is on Sunday 3 May, the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists will observe a special week of activities country wide. With nine of our colleagues dead through natural causes in the last six months, the association will observe Memorial and Thanksgiving Services on Friday 31 April at the Freetown Central Mosque, Wilberforce Street, and on Sunday at the St Anthony’s Church at Syke Street, Freetown...


April 29, 2009 - 17 years ago today history made as the first successful coup in 24 years sees the back of the then APC government of President Joseph Saidu Momoh.

Update..May 1 and still watching - What...collective amnesia of convenience? Have the April 29, 1992 events vanished from the APC version of the history of Sierra Leone? Why have the so-called "independent" mouthpieces of AFRC Mk 2 kept so quiet on April 29? Did AFRC Mk 2 headed by President Ernest Bai Koroma issue an edict - "dont even remind us"? The Sierra Herald thinks not but is the usual self-serving self-censorship by so-tagged "Editors-in-Chief" some of whom have never darkened the doors of a serious school for journalists, lest "di Pa go vex" and cut off the money supply. Shame on you, shame.

Seventeen years ago today April 29, a group of army officers came toTriumphant Strasser in grand motorcade after 1992 coup town, the capital that is, to make demands for an improvement in their conditions at the war war front where they had been battling the savage and brutal hordes of the RUF and their allies in the national army, the sobels. That was what they initially stated. Residents in the capital first noted the presence of the men from the front when they started hearing the boom boom boom of what sounded like heavy guns not normally heard in Freetown. Very soon word spread that State House has been occupied and that there was a twin-barrelled gun in front of this seat of government. Curious onlookers were there to watch the unfolding scene and before the end ...celebrations all around from the oppressed and deprived.of that day, the breathless voice of one Captain Valentine Strasser was heard on the air waves telling all and sundry that the APC government had been overthrown and the birth of the National Provisional Ruling Council, the NPRC. Ironically these were men in uniform who had been recruited by the same government using a system only understood by them. To get into the army then you had to be verified and given a green card by the self-same APC operatives, thus making sure, they believed, that they can go on plundering the country while ordinary folks were forced to endure a level of hardship never before seen in the mother country. The general jubilation and great sighs of relief which followed this action is well documented and highlights the wages of repression and the disregard for the human rights of citizens. The rest, as they say is history.


....and as President Ernest Bai Koroma's gbatolites invent award after award conferred upon His Excellency Dr the Chancellor etc etc please be reminded of something the Sierra Herald carried a little while back. Write all the "gbatolitic" articles you can, all the drivel, crawl as low as you can and invent eventsBoris Johnson is the present Mayor of London as only the self-serving brain of a sewer-dwelling and rabid gbatolite can muster, but please in all you do remember there are millions out there who can easily see through you. Take this matter of a certain Mayor of a London Barnet place carried on the front page of the creator of journalists out of thin air Gibril Gbanabome Koroma (inventor of Bishop Johnson school teacher Sullay and one Krugba as journalists). Many a Londoner would have seen through the various attempts to robe His Excellency, the Dr, the Professor, the Insurer, the AFRC/RUF apologist and would advise that simple checks be carried out as, believe it or not, there are Sierra Leoneans living within the borders of the United Kingdom who can tell you that there is no such thing like a London Barnet. There is a London Borough of Barnet not a London Barnet please. Kindly remember too that there's only one Mayor of London and that position is at present occupied by the Conservative candidate Boris Johnson. And while at it please be reminded too, that there is a Lord Mayor of the City of London whose duties are quite different from Mayor Boris Johnson. And one more thing - why have the gbatolites studiously avoided the historical and almost earth-shattering event of today April 29, 1992 that kicked out the inept and corrupt APC after 24 years of suppression, corruption and outright disrespect for the human rights of Sierra Leoneans in their own God-given country? Trying to rewrite history? No way gbatolites, no way!!!!
Hope at last on the horizon for the SLBS - Parliament to soon pass into law a new body, the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation, the SLBC.

There's one good news trying to make the headlines in the mother country and the Sierra Herald is proud to hear about moves by government, Former VP Berewa - why did they refuse to let go of the SLBS?Parliament and all those who want to see a new phase in state/national broadcasting as the somewhat moribund Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service, the good old SLBS is transformed into a new entity, the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation, the SLBC. This is something that should have been effected ages ago ever since the Tejan Kabbah government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UK government way back in 2002. In that document, the then government promised to take the necessary steps to establish SLBS independent of government control by the end of March 2004. According to the draft of the bill which Parliament has to discuss and approve soon, very soon.

The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) is dedicated to the principles of public service, to democracy, and the overall development of the people of Sierra Leone.  SLBC is an independent watchdog of all the branches of government, the private sector and civil society.  

We welcome this new development and hope that the mother country will now have a national broadcasting set-up that will be truly manned by competent professionals whose administrative head will be more concerned with delivering the goods rather than making State House a part of his/her office.

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April 27, 2009 - Another anniversary and so what next?

Today is the 48th anniversaryThe front page picture of the Daily Mail heralding the dawn of a new daySiaka Stevens - the first Sierra Leone leader to execute opponents on treason charges of the mother country becoming a new member in the community of nations after shaking off the shackles of colonialism. Those who made it possible had dreams that the new Sierra Leone with affairs of the country directed by its own citizens would now ensure that Sierra Leoneans ate from the table and not feed on what had dropped from the greedy and gaping jaws of those at the table. Apart from those insincere and hypocritical statements ending with "God bless us all", what has the average citizen gained, what has he/she got to point to as truly life-changing for the better?

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...and the speech of a President who encourages the use of violence against the weak and powerless...

If you had any doubts about President Bai Koroma's support for the human rights abusing and murderous AFRC/RUF junta led by Johnny Paul Koroma, then this speech on the country's 48th independence anniversary leaves no doubt about his love and admiration for the most brutal band of rapists and murderers that ever walked the streets and alleyways of the mother country. Today's speech as usual full of fury of lies, more lies and signifying nothing but deception clearly highlighted how this apologist of a President tried to give his own version of history. ...and the junta apologist AFRC/RUF Mk 2 Ernest Bai Koroma

"...we Sierra Leoneans have demonstrated over and over again that we are truly committed to change and can bring about necessary changes when they are required. In 1967, determined Sierra Leoneans made history by making Sierra Leone the first nation in Africa to change a Government through the ballot box, which feat was repeated in 2007, 40 years later! In 1996, determined Sierra Leoneans resisted military rule and succeeded in replacing the military junta with a civilian democratic regime. On May 8th 2000, many young Sierra Leoneans sacrificed their lives to confront Rebel Leader, Foday Saybana Sankoh when he sought to derail the peace process."

This is the resolve of Sierra Leoneans to bring about changes according to the President with no mention made of the determination of the civilians to disobey and resist the junta of Johnny Paul Koroma during AFRC/RUF days, the first time in the history of the country that Sierra Leoneans have stood up to the military and telling the soldiers and rebels in their face - "We do not want you - leave the scene", nor did this AFRC/RUF apologist mention the resolve of the people that despite the mayhem visited upon them by vengeful hordes of barbarians in January 1999 in which at least six thousand were slaughtered, Sierra Leoneans had resolved that they can only have a leader they want through the ballot box. Now you know why after video shots and stills showing his chief bodyguard Leatherboot's involvement in the raid on the opposition SLPP headquarters, this apologist had the gall to parade the beast for all to see just how pleased he was with him and his alleged acts of brutality!!!!


LEST WE FORGET - JANUARY 6 AND WHAT HAPPENED TEN YEARS AGO

IN MEMORY OF ALL THOSE WHO PERISHED 10 YEARS AGO FOLLOWING THE MASSIVE AND BRUTAL ASSAULT ON THE CAPITAL ON JANUARY 6, 1999 THAT LEFT AT LEAST 5,000 SIERRA LEONEANS DEAD, TENS OF THOUSANDS TRAUMATISED AND MILLIONS STILL TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHY SATAN VISITED THE CAPITAL.

MAY THE GOOD LORD CONTINUE TO COMFORT THE SURVIVORS, PROVIDE HEAVENLY REST FOR THE DEPARTED AND IN HIS MERCY REWARD EACH AND EVERYONE IN KIND FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THAT POGROM - INCLUDING ALL THOSE NOW LIVING IN COUNTRIES WHERE HUMAN RIGHTS ARE SACRED BUT WHO WHILE IN SIERRA LEONE AND OUTSIDE THE BORDERS OF THE MOTHER COUNTRY WELCOMED THE BEASTS AND THE ATROCITIES AGAINST THE CIVILIAN POPULATION.

 

PLEASE USE THESE LINKS FOR A PART OF THE TRUE INSIGHT INTO THE MASS MURDER OF CIVILIANS

1.LAST YEAR'S REMINDER AND ASSOCIATED LINKS

2. WHAT ONE WITNESS SAID AT THE CHARLES TAYLOR TRIAL IN THE HAGUE

3. MSF TRAUMA SURVEY - EFFECTS OF SUCH MASSIVE VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS


The unkindest cut of all.
If you have had any doubt,... any iota of doubt about AFRC Mark 2 headed by Ernest Bai Koroma, you now have the answer as the peoples' tormentor Khaddafi is honoured by Sierra Leone Parliament. We await reactions from apologists before going to town on that thing in Freetown which passes for a government in the mother country.

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...AND AS WE ENTER 2009, A REMINDER OF SOME UNFINISHED BUSINESS FOR THE JUNTA-LOVING GIBRIL GBANABOME KOROMA AND HIS FORMER BOSS AT THE EXPO TIMES IBRAHIM SEAGA SHAW

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The Sierra Herald Let us all resolve to give them a futurewishes you and yours a very merry Christmas 2008 and a prosperous and Spirit-filled 2009 with hopes that the voiceless, the downtrodden and dispossessed in their own God-given land will one fine day get the justice they truly deserve. That they would have their fair share of the mother country's....and make their dreams come true natural resources so that they too can sit at the table to eat rather than searching for crumbs on the floor from the table the oppressors feed - crumbs that are no longer there. We pray that our disadvantaged especially the aged and infirm, the blind, the sick, our women and girl folks as well as our youths will enjoy all the protection they need as citizens of the only country that is truly theirs - Sierra Leone. We leave you with a couple of pictures found on the websites of the former SLAJ President Philip Neville as well as Peter Andersen. Yes - this is a celebration of our children who can no longer be raped, drugged, murdered and savaged to fill the depraved as was witnessed during our troubles of the rebel war and under the awful horror called the AFRC/RUF junta.
JUSTICE AT LAST FOR VICTIMS DEAD, DYING AND LIVING AS CHARLES TAYLOR'S SON "CHUCKIE" IS GIVEN 97 YEARS IN JAIL

It would seem that there would no longer be any rest for the wicked as a US court today sentenced Charles "Chuckie" TaylorThe man with the pistol - he is to serve 97 years in jail the son of Liberia's warlord Charles Taylor to 97 years in jail for his part in the torture and murder of people he perceived to be enemies of his father. Today's sentencing brings to an end a case that has been of interest to human rights activists and others yearning for justice. Indeed the conviction of Chuckie and this sentence, the first such move by the US courts paves the way for others to be hauled before US courts and should send a message to all that US citizens linked to human rights abuses outside the borders of the United States have no place to hide anymore, no territorial protection any more. That's the way it should be - no rest for the wicked as we continue to appeal to witnesses and victims of torture and other human rights abuses in Sierra Leone to contact the Sierra Herald should they know where their former tormentors are as well as those who aided them by whatever means including the use of newspapers and other outlets.

The wheels of justice may seem to move slowly, sometimes painfully slowly, but in the end will get to the destination - station justice.

THE MIAMI FBI PRESS RELEASE


PRESIDENT LANSANA CONTE PASSES TO THE GREAT BEYOND

Guinea's President Lansana ConteThe late President Lansana Conte has died, years after battling a number of serious ailments including diabetes. Reports say the President of the National Assembly Aboubacar Sompare made the announcement of his death a a broadcast on state television thus ending speculations about the President's state of health. Just before this official announcement the rumour mills in Guinea were full of the demise or near death of the man who had ruled Guinea ever since he stepped in in 1984 to fill a dangerous void left by the death of another dictator, Ahmed Sekou Toure. President Conte was believed to have been 74 when he departed for the great beyond leaving Guineans to sort out his successors as he had never really made one known. Sierra Leoneans would be watching with interest what happens next as the neighbouring has often found itself inextricably linked to the the mother country ranging from providing refuge for a number of prominent Sierra Leoneans close to the seat of power including Siaka Stevens,  Joseph Saidu Momoh and Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. He refused to recognise the illegal and murderous AFRC/RUF junta despite Kemoh Fadika's hastily-cobbled delegation to him begging for support.

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Another colleague falls in the line of duty - Didace Namujimbo is no more

It is with deep regret and great sadness that we received and have to report the death of anotherJournalist Didace of Okapi Radio - shot in the head by unknown gunmen colleague and as usual all because he was doing his job sans guns, bullets, RPGs and lethal weapons. Journalist Didace Namujimbo who was with Radio Okapi is reported to have been killed by a single bullet to his head near his home in Bukavu. He is the second Okapi radio journalist to be murdered just seventeen months after the fatal shooting of Serge Maheshe. The rights group Reporters Without Borders has urged the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation and "to find the person who fired the shot and to identify those behind the murder. There is no more room for botched investigations and grotesque sham trials.”

Our thoughts are with the relations of this fallen colleague and hopes that they will be comforted and not be of despair sure in the knowledge that our fallen brother rests in the Lord.

Amen.


HOLD THE FRONT PAGE - MOIJUE KAIKAI NOW WEARS A RED HAT AND IS PROUD OF IT

Yes, you are not seeing things, nor in a dream. This is Moijue Kaikai, Firebrand politician Moijue wearing his red hatthe one-time firebrand in the then ruling SLPP of Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and the opposition PMDC of Charles Margai. On a brief visit to London last week, Moijue told the Sierra Herald that he was now for the ruling APC of Ernest Bai Koroma and he was quite adamant in making the point that he was not in his latest political venture because he was a bit "low on resources" and needed to give a boost to his expense accounts as his political opponents claim. "They must be in another land. The vision of President Ernest Bai Koroma for the country is just up my street and he deserves all my support", he roared in the best SLPP-PMDC-APC voice he could muster.

And say his critics "How can you trust such a man who wears different colours as and when the mood suits him?" More later.



Human Rights abuser in Rwanda exposed, tried and sentenced to life in jail. No hiding place for the evil. Kindly take note junta apologist Ibrahim Seaga Shaw. There's no hiding place for the evil.Simeon Nshamihigo - caught out and sentenced to life in jail

He was one of those who actively encouraged the hunt for Tutsis, provided the resources that oiled the killing machine in his part of Rwanda where he held an influential position. He could have helped put a stop to the 1994 genocide, but did not and when the world asked for justice, he actually embedded himself in the office of the Arusha tribunal where as a defence lawyer, he had access to evidence implicating his kind. To what extent he filched and manipulated documents of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, ICTR, is yet to be determined but Rwandan genocidaire Simeon Nshamihigo (his real name) parading as a Congolese national with name Sammy Bahati Weza is now serving life in jail. He was unmasked in 2001 after a witness at one of the trials recognised him and revealed his true identity as one of the alleged organisers of the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and was arrested in Tanzania. This thing called justice!!!! And what about journalists who gave the oxygen of publicity to the beasts of the junta? They will account, never mind the denials!!!!

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And if you live in the US and/or within that country's law enforcement areas of operation, please do not fail to contact ICE (the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement) about people who directly/indirectly supported human rights abuses in Sierra Leone and elsewhere and who now try to hide within the midst of people they helped torment.

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VICTORY FOR NATURAL JUSTICE - THE GURKHAS WIN A LANDMARK BATTLE

London - September 30, 2008 - In what is no doubt a victory for natural justice and a deep sense of appreciation, the Gurkhas wanting British right to residency and by extension citizenship and denied because of a time-line have laid bare the discriminatory if not institutional bias of the UK Home Office. What has a date drawn by Whitehall got to do with a people who have traditionally being a part of the British army, ready to lay down their lives for King, Queen and country and who have displayed remarkable discipline under extreme conditions of war, willing to go the extra mile when all seemed lost. Indeed the MoD has noted on its website dedicated to the Queen's Gurkha Rifles that -

The Gurkhas are a unique unit in the Army with a reputation of being amongst the finest and most feared soldiers in the world.

Today's court ruling should be the final step in removing the Home Office cobweb of discrimination embedded in discriminatory laws and a warning to ECO's (Entry Clearance Officers) in UK missions abroad that the issuance of a visa should go beyond inherent and perceived prejudices.

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