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Sierra Leone News: Amnesty Int. SL calls for justice following journalist’s death

Following the burial of former editor of the New Age newspaper, Ibrahim Samura, Amnesty International Sierra Leone has urged the Sierra Leone Police and the government to investigate his death and bring culprit to book.
Samura, together with other journalists were attacked and beaten by members of the All People’s Congress (APC) party, on the day of the presidential run-off elections. He died about 64 days following the attack.
Prior to his demise, the APC party issued an apology letter to the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (which had condemned the act and urged the police to investigate and bring the culprits to book). The Party also apologised to the editors of the victims and took responsibility for the said attacks on the journalists.
The Executive Director of Amnesty International, Solomon Sogbandi, said they have been disappointed by the State because it was their responsibility to protect the rights of their citizens especially their right to life.
“It is the responsibility of the police to expeditiously investigate the matter because we believe that this is a gross violation of the rights of the journalists and particularly the rights of the late man,” Sogbandi said.
It was rumoured before Samura’s death that he accepted the apology of the Party and agreed to drop charges against the culprit. Sogbandi noted, “Whether they have apologised or not, we believe that the State actors should not accept impunity. It is the responsibility of the State to protect the rights of the citizens. We have a keen interest in this issue,” he said.
EBD/18/6/18
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
Tuesday June 19, 2018.

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