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Sierra Leone News: African Media Initiative calls for transparent inquiry into journalist’s death

The African Media Initiative (AMI) has strongly condemned all forms of violence done to journalists in Africa and around the world, and calls for an open, transparent inquiry into the tragic circumstances surrounding Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance on 2 October 2018. The media group issued a press statement on the tragic disappearance of Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, author and contributor to The Washington Post. The statement highlighted, “Khashoggi was subjected to horrific violence on 2nd October that cost him his life, and that he paid the ultimate price for speaking truth to power, honourably and with conviction.” The media organization expressed their stand in solidarity with both The Washington Post and other media outlets. AMI also called on African media houses to do everything to ensure that the silencing of Khashoggi and his reported supreme sacrifice does not go in vain because the media team believes it is their solemn and collective responsibility to work collaboratively to guarantee the safety and security of journalists everywhere. The Editor of The Peak Newspaper, Tamba Tengbeh, said the threats faced by journalists particularly African journalists by politicians, business people and high placed relatives of politicians has lead to the sudden death of investigative journalism in Africa. He said it is because people are afraid to be exposed by the media of their wrongdoings. They constantly use laws that are not up-to-date all in the name of intimidating journalists. He called for world solidarity behind the death of Jamal and called for an end to all forms of threats, harassment and killing of journalists. Hassan Yamba is the Station Manager of Radio Gbaft in Mile 91. He said the work of a journalist must not be under lock and key. He stressed that the role of the media is significant in shaping society and holding governments to account. He pleaded with world leaders, politicians and people in positions of trust, to allow journalists to do their jobs by informing, educating and entertaining the masses. AMI is a leading pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the continent’s private and independent media sector from an owner and operator perspective to promote democratic governance, social development and economic growth.

MK/22/10/18

By Mohamed Kabba

Twitter: @chikakabba

Tuesday October 23, 2018.

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