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INDEPENDENT MEDIA COMMISSION

ANNUAL REPORT 2005

I M C AN N U AL R E P R T 2 0 0 5

CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword Executive Summary 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Background Information Composition of the Commission Committees of the Commission and their activities Other major activities of the Commission General Financial Report IMC Three-Year Strategic Plan (2006 –2008) Constraints Conclusion and signature 1 3 4 5 7 9 11 13 15 16 16

10. Appendices: -I. 2005 Financial Statements 17 21 21 22 22 23 24 25

-II. Newspapers that registered with the IMC in 2005 -III. Radio and Television Stations that registered with the IMC in 2005 -IV. DTH/DSTV agencies that registered with the IMC in 2005 -IVA. Complete list of DTH/DSTV agencies in Sierra Leone -V. Complete list of registered newspapers in Sierra Leone -VI. Complete list of registered radio and television stations in S/Leone -VII. Complaints received from the public in 2005

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had to be contravened by a media institution for it to be brought to book has been a very thorny issue. which led people to perceive the IMC as another arm of the Ministry. This in effect means that while the public looks to the IMC for protection. assess and represent public opinion. thus raising its posture as an independent and autonomous body. the Commission’s first few years of existence witnessed a host of problems. mobilise. the media institutions also expect the IMC to jealously guard press freedom with all its ramifications. to minimise conflict between the two parties. Page 1 . One such institution is the Independent Media Commission. the Commission paid the rent from its funds. Set up in 2000 by an Act of Parliament. The Commission believes that the public should understand the role of the media as the fourth estate. the media must not only concern itself with exposing the ills of society. Mechanisms have been put in place for robust financial management to enhance accountability and probity. Mrs. unclarity of the status and role of the Chairman due to the wording of this section of the IMC Act and several lapses in the management of the Commission’s funds. The non-existence of a Media Code of Practice. In 2005.FOREWORD Sierra Leone’s strategies to promote good governance include the establishment of institutions that will sustain and respond to the core democratic principles and values. good naturedness. The proposed amendment of this Section of the Act is expected to put an end to conflicts between the Chairman and the Executive Secretary which plagued the smooth running of the Commission in its formative years. Rules and regulations governing the conduct of the media and the Media Code of Practice have been developed and are now awaiting the attention of Parliament. The latter led to allegations of forgery and financial malpractices. The status of the Chairman has also been given due attention. while at the same time protect the interests of the public against exploitation and undue abuse by the media. while the journalists themselves should endeavour to practice the profession with maturity. Two of the Commission’s several mandates are to protect the freedom of the media. sobriety and a keen sense of responsibility. The media is also expected to bring to the public information on other institutions of public trust. It is the duty of the media to monitor the activities and performances of the government and report on these to the public. These instruments are expected to serve as useful guide to media institutions for self regulation and strengthen the authority of the IMC to The Chairperson of the IMC. Bernadette Cole carry out its functions more effectively and efficiently. the Commission took steps to address these matters. which according to the Act. These included the location of the Commission’s office within the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. which have been the subject of a court case against the former Executive Secretary since September 2004. The Act is also silent on several pertinent issues relating to arbitration and imposition of penalties in respect of complaints by the public. With the assistance of DFID which provided the initial funds for the renting of neutral premises. the IMC had moved out of the offices of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting since 2002. but must also portray positive developments to create that balance that should attract entrepreneurs and investors. so that the views and aspirations of the people will be reflected in the nation’s development efforts. During the past year. Also.

The promotion of public accountability is indeed the cornerstone of the future development of Sierra Leone. which brings to stakeholders and other interested parties information on the activities of the IMC in 2005 and its financial report. This endeavour is an important first step in giving an annual account of the Commission’s stewardship from now on. honesty and dexterity. The Commission is pleased to launch its maiden report. Bernadette Cole CHAIRPERSON.All of this should however be done with impeccable accuracy and objectivity and a conscious effort to present all sides of the issue. IMC Page 2 .General for auditing. A copy has been forwarded to the Auditor. in the realisation that they are accountable to the people. It thus behoves people in positions of authority to ensure that they carry out their activities and responsibilities with openness.

Ahmed Tejan Kabbah in consultation with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) . All that the Commission now requires is empowerment by the Government and other stakeholders to carry out its functions more effectively. and above all advise government on media Policy formulation and development. Like any institution. The Commission currently consists of nine (9) Commissioners with two vacant positions and nine (9) secretariat personnel. These are mainly in the areas of finance. President Alhaji Dr. The major activities undertaken by the Commission in 2005 included: • the establishment of a media award scheme to promote professional journalism in report writing • the development of a Resource Centre for journalists Page 3 • nationwide consultation workshops on the call for the repeal of the defamation and seditious libel laws embodied in the 1965 Public Order Act The holding of Press Conferences and issuing of press releases to update the public on the activities of the IMC. The work of the Commission is done by Committees. office equipment and logistics support. The arbitration role robustly carried out by the Commission helped to diffuse tension between journalists and the public. The IMC witnessed substantial progress in 2005. Technical Committee. The Commission also receives funding from fees.EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Independent Media Commission (IMC) was established by an Act of Parliament in 2000 as an autonomous body for the regulation of mass media institutions and for other matters connected therewith. Francis Conteh in February 2005. after which they are implemented by the secretariat. the Commission has its peculiar constraints. protect the interest of the public against exploitation or abuse by media institutions. The Commission’s major functions. It is believed that the nation is now aware of the role of the IMC and has started to channel complaints to the Commission for arbitration. Ad hoc committees are established from time to time to carry out specific programmes. The decisions of all committees are sent to the Board for approval. Commissioner Bernadette Cole was appointed Chairperson by H. are to promote a free and pluralistic media throughout Sierra Leone. fines. • Major funding for the Commission comes from the Government. donations and donor support for specific projects and programmes. to ensure that media institutions achieve the highest level of efficiency in the provision of radio services. The British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) provided the initial funds to cover the rent for two years when the Commission relocated from the Ministry of Information at Youyi Building in 2002 to its current premises at 54. At the end of the tenure of the former Chairman of the Commission Mr. Siaka Stevens Street in order to maintain its independence as provided in the IMC Act 2000. Policy Committee and Applications Committee. among others.E. The Commission started operation in 2001 with the full compliment of eleven (11) Commissioners and the Executive Secretary. . viz:Complaints Committee.

political or other opinion. colour. Mr. ensure strict compliance with this Act and regulations made under it. establish clear limits on media ownership. b. language. prescribe minimum percentage of total broadcast hours to be devoted to public service programmes by various types and categories of electronic media institutions. birth or other Page 4 . c. advise the Minister on Media Policy formulation and development. to promote fair competition among media institutions and persons engaged in the provision of media services. to ensure that media institutions achieve the highest level of efficiency in the provision of media services. f. to promote a free and pluralistic media throughout Sierra Leone. newspapers and magazines published in Sierra Leone. ethnic or social origins. national. Mr Francis Davies in the background. disability. 1. including cross media ownership in the interest of diversity.1 ment of the media industry throughout Sierra Leone. ensure that every person shall have.0 BACKGROUND Establishment of the Independent Media Commission The Independent Media Commission was established by an Act of Parliament in 2000 as an autonomous body for the regulation of mass media institutions and for other matters connected therewith. and to promote technological research and the development of adequate human resources for the advance- g d.2 Functions of the Commission Part III Section 8 (1) of the IMC Act 2000 states that the objects for which the Commission was established are: a. Christo Johnson. to protect the interest of the public against exploitation or abuse by media institutions. e. Without prejudice to Section 8(1) above. Adewole Bell. Ms Patricia Macauley and Mr. e. b. sex. Dr. property. Abubakar Kargbo.INDEPENDENT MEDIA COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT 2005 1. irrespective of that person’s race. Some members of the Board L-R Commissioners Mr. relig ion. 1. the Act states also that it shall be the function of the Commission to:a. Sam Metzger. Mrs Cassandra Davies. establish categories of Licences and grant such licences to electronic media institutions in Sierra Leone. d. maintain a register of media institutions. c.

Mr. a new Executive Secretary was appointed in November 2005. and any other media practitioners’ association. the Commission relocated to its present address at 54. Ade Bell ) . Emma Kai Ms.Experts in the field of telecommunications Commissioner Cassandra Davies ) Commissioner Patricia Macauley ). He is Mr. the new Chairperson was to assume office on the 1st of April. Regina Taylor Mr.Chairperson Commissioner Francis L. access to fair coverage in the broadcast me dia all such things as may contribute to the attain ment of the objects of the Commission. Abubakar Kargbo) Commissioner Anthony Brewah ). compile and adopt a comprehensive Media Code of Practice. 2005) Messenger Cleaner 2.3 A new Chairman in the person of Mrs. Location and commencement of operations of the Commission The Independent Media Commission went into operation in 2001 and was originally housed in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Bockarie Konneh - Executive Secretary Chief Accountant Accounting Assistant Office Secretary Office Assistant Driver (Terminated in July. Arnold Lake Ms. D.Vacant Commissioner Sam J. which matter has been before the courts since September 2004. Francis Ganda Mrs. The British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) provided the initial funds to cover the rent for the first two years for the current premises. two new Commissioners are to be appointed – a legal practitioner and an expert in the field of radio and television . With the appointment of an Executive Secretary almost at the close of the year under review and a Chief Accountant.status. In order to maintain its independence as provided in the Act. whose role is to give direction and leadership to the Commission. Davies ).Expert in the field of Print journalism Commissioner Dr. Metzger ). who has been able to set good ac counting practice in place. supervised the work of the Secretariat as well as the overall functions of the Commission. the Commission appointed a competent and qualified Accountant. Siaka Stevens Street in 2003 so that it cannot be viewed or perceived to be a department within the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.0 COMPOSITION OF THE COMMISSION 2. the Commission seems to be on a steady administrative keel.Legal Practitioner Commissioner ). Unfortunately. Bernadette Cole was appointed by the President on the 15th February 2005 in consultation with the Sierra Leone Association of Jour nalists (SLAJ) to replace the erstwhile Chairman. Bockarie Ngevao Mr. Francis Conteh fell ill at the beginning of February and died on the 26th of that month. Francis Conteh whose tenure was to have ended on the 29th of February 2005. the Commission paid the renewal rent from its funds. in consultation with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ). In 2005. the Chairperson. Secretariat Staff Mr. Brookfields with full complement of eleven (11) Commissioners and one (1) Executive Secretary. In June. 8th Floor Youyi Building.Ex-officio member. 2005. Mr. 1. representing the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Following the interdiction and dismissal of the former Executive Secretary in 2004 on allegations of forgery and mis appropriation of funds. representing SLAJ Commissioner P. Page 5 .to constitute the full membership of the Board as provided by the Act. 2005 to effect a smooth handing-over of the reins of leadership of the Commission. Doe Dixon Mr. According to the letter of appointment.Vacant Commissioner Christo Johnson ) . By its current composition. h. Ganda. Until this appointment. E.Experts in the field of Radio/Television Commissioner ) .Ex-officio member.1 Commissioners Commissioner Bernadette Cole . Iyamide Oduyoye Mr. Francis D.

ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANOGRAM CHAIRPERSON COMMISSIONERS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY CHIEF ACCOUNTANT ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT OFFICE SECRETARY DRIVER OFFICE ASSISTANT MESSENGER CLEANER The Office Secretary. Ms Emma Kai and Receptionist/Office Assistant Ms Regina Taylor at work Page 6 .

Julius Spencer (co-opted) Chairperson President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah(centre) officially launched the workshop organized by the IMC to finalise the Media Code of Practice. Several recommenda tions were made at the workshop for amendments and a seven –member committee comprising six members of SLAJ and one Commissioner was appointed to finalise the document. IMC Chair. Oversight Comm. Isaac Massaquoi (SLAJ Representative) -Mr. Kargbo (President SLAJ) -Dr. whose recommendations are forwarded to the Board for deliberation and ratification. Bernadette Cole. The following major issues were deliberated upon: • • • • Arbitration between the general public and media institutions Registration of media institutions Monitoring and evaluation of media institutions Development of Rules and Regulations governing the operations of media institutions in Sierra Leone/Media Code of Practice Amendment of the IMC Act 2000 to make it more relevant to the current situation of the media and anomalies/issues that were unforeseen by the drafters of the Act. B. the Commission held sixteen (16) regular Board Meetings.E. Janet Sam-King. Comm. Sam Metzger and Mr. Nation-wide Sensitization and Consultative programmes with the public on the issue of the call by SLAJ to repeal the defamation and seditious libel laws Administrative and financial matters -Mr. President Alhaji Tejan Kabbah. PANOS rep (PIWA) served as Resource person. Page 7 . The workshop was officially opened by H. Others in the photograph are L-R SLAJ President. Joshua Nicol (SLAJ Representative) -Mr. A representative from Panos Insititute of West Africa • • • In general. Christian Keili (SLAJ Representative) -Ms.B. 0 COMMITTEES OF THE COMMISSION AND THEIR ACTIVITIES 3. Alimamy Bathily. the Chairperson of the Parl.Kargbo . Francis Gabbidon (co-opted) -Mr. Hannah Foullah (co-opted) The major responsibility of this committee during the year was to finalise the draft of the Rules and Regulations gov erning the operations of the media in Sierra Leone and Me dia Code of Practice and the review of the IMC Act. the functions of the Commission are carried out by Committees. The revised document has been submitted to the Minister of Information & Broadcasting for necessary action. The Committees of the Commission are currently as follows: 3. The Secretariat implements the decisions of the Board.2 Policy Committee This Committee comprises the following members: -Commissioner Bernadette Cole -Commissioner Patricia Macauley -Commissioner Francis Davies -Commissioner Cassandra Davies -Alhaji I. In 2005.COMMITTEES OF THE COMMISSION 3.1 Board of the Commission The Board of the Independent Media Commission ensures that the mandate and functions of the Commission as stipulated in the Act are reflected in the activities of the Commission. Work on this exercise culminated in the holding of a two-day residential workshop of all stakeholders including SLAJ at the Javouhey House in June 2005. Alhaji I.

000) Where the offending newspaper refuses to comply with the decision of the Commission to retract and apologise. If. (see annex). Bunting-Wright (co-opted member) The Complaints Committee is responsible for inquiring into complaints against the contravention of the Media Code of Practice and for arbitration between the public and media institutions.Chairman -Commissioner Cassandra Davies -Mr. 3. • Fine (Le500. the Committee deliberates on all the information at its disposal pertaining to the complaint. The Commission in collaboration with SLAJ has taken steps to amend the IMC Act and to forward it together with the other documents mentioned above to the Minister of Information and Broadcasting to be tabled in Parliament. the media organisation’s evidence/materials to substantiate the allegations that are often the subject of the complaint. The modus operandi of the committee could be compared to that of an “informal” magistrate court setting. the Commission then levies a fine of Le500. a copy of which should be submitted to the Secretariat.3 Complaints Committee This committee comprises the following members: • • • • • • • • • • Commissioner Anthony Brewah (Chairman) Commissioner Bernadette Cole Commissioner Christo Johnson Commissioner Cassandra Davies Commissioner Patricia Macauley Commissioner Abu Bakarr Kargbo Commissioner P.3. impartiality and neutrality. After the third reminder. importance. This situation arises from the weakness of the IMC Act 2000 and the absence of Rules and Regulations governing the operations of the media and the Media Code of Practice. the Committee will request that the vexa Page 8 . Complainants and Defendants are summoned in writing to hearings at the Secretariat. Alex Fergusson-Nicol (co-opted member) -Mr. During the year. the Commission succeeded in amicably resolving several complaints during the period under review. the matter is dismissed. the Commission received a total of 27 complaints from the public against various newspapers and one radio station. objectivity. The Committee’s decision on the matter is communicated to the Board in the form of a report followed by recommendations for ratification. Complainants are requested to submit their complaints in the presence of the defendants and the defendants are also given an opportunity to defend themselves. • Further action for non-compliance The present IMC Act 2000 does not empower the Commission to take further action. all complaints are treated with the same urgency. This includes more importantly. PEEP has refused to pay fines levied against it for blatantly refusing to retract its story and apologise. the Editor substantiates his story to the satisfaction of the Complaints Committee. It is hoped that these instruments will strengthen the authority of the IMC to carry out its functions more effecttively and efficiently. Ade Bell Commissioner Sam J. However. Georgette de Marke (co-opted) tious or defamatory article should be retracted giving it prominence in the next edition of the newspaper.4 Technical Committee This Committee consists of the following members: -Commissioner Francis Davies . That retraction should be followed by a letter of apology to the aggrieved party. The proceedings are recorded and at the end of the hearings. One media institution. however. recommendations to the Board following deliberation of complaints by the Committee could be summarized as follows: • Retraction and apology Where a newspaper publishes an article. apart from this incidence. (See Appendix).000 (Five hundred thousand Leones) as pro vided by the IMC Act 2000. the Commission writes three reminder letters for compliance. During the year. E Metzger Haja Halima Abdullah (co-opted) Mrs. in sum. According to the Commission’s policy. which is perceived as defamatory and the Editor cannot substantiate his story during hearings.

Georgette de Marke (co-opted) Mrs. thus bringing the total number of registered newspapers to 39. The university campus at Fourah Bay College now has a teaching radio station. These meetings focused mainly on ensuring that decisions taken at the Regular Board Meetings and at the Committees were being implemented. the Technical Committee interviewed and scrutinized applications submitted by people and institutions to operate radio and television broadcasting stations. a total of four (4) community radio stations. 3. Now that there is peace and the decentralization process on full course. It is worth noting that almost all the regions of the country can now access information through their respective community radio stations. CELTEL. The Committee carried out familiarization and monitoring visits to registered community radio and television stations across the country to ascertain conformity with the provisions in the IMC Act. the Committee inter- Media practitioners were requested to send in entries in the Page 9 . DTH/DSTV in the country. four (4)television stations and three (3)DTH/DSTV agencies that had applied for licenses in 2005 had been approved. the Board of the Independent Media Commission established an annual media award scheme in 2005. Abu Bakarr Kargbo Commissioner Cassandra Davies Commissioner Patricia Macauley To address one of its mandates. Francis Gabbidon (co-opted) Mrs.Commissioner Chairman It is responsible for receiving and screening applications for licensing and registration of print media institutions. with the support of the leading mobile company. It set up a Committee of media stakeholders with the following members to organize the awards ceremony: - Mr.Commissioner Mr. By the end of the year all the radio stations were operational. Christo Johnson . Makeni and Mile 91. Kenema. This exercise covered some of the stations in the Western Area.5 Applications Committee viewed and recommended the registration of seven newspapers. Julius Spencer (co-opted) Mr.0 OTHER MAJOR ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMISSION 4. one (1) commercial radio station.6 Secretariat Staff Meetings The Secretariat staff met on a weekly basis with the Chairperson to plan the activities of the Commission. Bo. During the year under review. Joshua Nicol (co-opted) Dr. 3. The reason might be obvious because the greater readership is found in Freetown.1 Establishment of the annual media awards scheme This Committee consists of the following members: • Commissioner Sam J.The Technical Committee is responsible for verifying that the technical requirements for establishing an electronic media institution are met. which is “to ensure that media institutions achieve the highest level of efficiency in the provision of media services”. the Commission would like to see newspaper houses established in the provincial headquarter towns. The Commission however notes that the print media is concentrated in the Western Area. 4. During the year under review. Metzger Chairman Commissioner Christo Johnson Commissioner Dr. This brings the number of radio stations operating in the country to 32 and television stations to 2 (ABC and SLBS Freetown) and DTH/DSTV operators to 4. Kenneth Osho (co-opted) Mr. Radio Mount Aureol which is expected to provide the necessary training along with other trainers including INFORMOTRAC for operators of the radio stations. E. The Committee also visited the facilities of registered newspapers. only two DTH/DSTV agencies had started operations but only one television station – ABC was functional. Bernadette Cole . Those applicants that met the requirements were recommended for frequency allocations and by the end of the year.

the judges were chosen. • 4. transparency and unbiased assessment of the entries. The IMC monitored this development and participated in seminars and workshops organized by civil society organizations to deliberate on this matter. To ensure fairness. As the body charged with the responsibility to advise the government on media policies. 4. the Sierra Leone Ass ciation of Journalists. Julius Spencer. the President expressing his thoughts on calls for the repeal of the 1965 Public Order Act regarding the defamation and seditious libel laws. Prizes in the form of trophies and cash provided by CELTEL were awarded to eight winners. the Law Officers’ Department and the IMC. several calls were made by civil society. 38 entries were received. as far as possible. The Press Conference was followed by a series of sensitization and consultative phone-in discussion programmes on most of the radio stations in the western area. the IMC was requested to advise the President on the issue. The Centre which is housed in the IMC’s Secretariat is expected to be officially opened for use by journalists and other interested persons in the first quarter Relevant papers were presented at the Press Conference by the Sierra Leone Bar Association. Chairman and Dr. found expression in the development of a Resource Centre during the year.3 Repeal of the defamation and seditious libel laws Over the past two years. including SLAJ for the repeal of the defamation and seditious libel laws. Two members of the annual Media Awards Scheme Committee L-R Mr. from among expatriates with background in mass communication.2 Development of a Resource Centre The urge “to ensure that media institutions achieve the highest level of efficiency in the provision of media services” and “promote research” (two of the requirements in the Commission’s mandate). Joshua Nicol.following categories in both the print and electronic media: • Best radio/TV reportage on development issues • • • Best news features Best investigative report Best original sport reportage of 2006. 2005.E. The first step taken by the IMC was to conduct a press conference to: • • sensitise journalists about the content of the Public Order Act to discuss with them the content of the President’s letter which included the suggestion for an insurance to be paid by each media organization against damages in libel suits as an alternative to the defamation and seditious libel laws to solicit suggestions from them for an alternative mechanism that would adequately protect the citizens against undue abuse by the media if the defamation and seditious libel laws were repealed. the IMC received a letter from H. In September 2005. work on the establishment of the Resource Centre progressed satisfactorily. who were serving in various organisations in Sierra Leone. Workshops and radio discussion programmes were also held in the Page 10 . With assistance from DFID. The entries were to be original and should take the form of articles published in newspapers or magazines or programmes aired on radio or Television between January 1 and October 30.

There are those who believe that the defamasued simultaneously with the revision of the IMC Act to tion and seditious libel laws should be totally expunged synchronise the information in the Media Code of Practice from the 1965 Public Order Act and should not be replaced with that in the Act to minimize confusion in the future. Crispin Edwards (representing the law) • Mr. Isaac Massaquoi The Sensitisation and Consultation team comprising of three commissioners and Executive Sec(representing SLAJ) retary of the IMC and four reps from SLAJ pose for a group photograph in Makeni • Mr. having a full-time Chairman as the Act prescribes and a full-time Executive Secretary. three scenarios have so Leone Association of Journalists. The initial response is positive and coverage of the eastern province has been planned for February 2006. which is to develop nate in a two-day wrap up national position seminar to be rules and regulations governing the operations of the media held in Freetown in 2006 with funding from the UNDP. One of its key mandates.B. This exercise was purfar emerged. In general. each of them wanting to run the day to day activities of the Commission will continue to plague the incumbents with frequent conflicts.southern and northern provinces to consult with the citizenry on their views on the issue. this situation led the former Chairman to concentrate more on his legal Page 11 . which had been a subject of It is expected that a consensus that will represent the national position on the issue will emerge at the wrap-up national position seminar in 2006 to enable the IMC transmit the national view on the issue to State Lodge and the general public. By the close of the year. Ibrahim Karim Sei (Secretary General of SLAJ) appealed to ENCISS for financial assistance to cover the sensitization and consultation programme in the eastern 5. and a Media Code of Practice was taken up with zest by the Commission with the active collaboration of the Sierra From the nation-wide consultations. To ensure that SLAJ is fully involved at every stage of this task. the year 2005 witnessed substantial progress in The sensitization and consultation programme will culmi the IMC. The status of the Chairperson. the laws should be kept as they are for the time being. while others guidelines to journalists for self-regulation and strengthen believe that given the frequency with which the public is the authority of the IMC to carry out its functions more being unjustly libeled by the press through irresponsible effectively and efficiently. reporting. frustration and bitterness. the IMC funds were exhausted and the Commission as follows: • • Commissioner Bernadette Cole Commissioner Cassandra Davies Chairperson • Commissioner Christo Johnson • Commissioner Abu Bakarr Kargbo • Commissioner Patricia Macauley • Mr. Peter Tayoung (representing the international community) • Alhaji I. All of these activities were supported by funds from the IMC. The Com mission is of the view that from the experience of the past. Others feel that the custodial sentences is expected that these documents will provide much-needed should be repealed and replaced by huge fines. Kargbo (President of SLAJ) • Mr. In the experience of the IMC. a Repeal of the defamation and seditious libel laws committee was appointed by the IMC with the membership concern by the Board over a long period. Augustine Beecher (representing SLAJ) • Mr. It by anything. was addressed by the Commission during the year under review.0 GENERAL province.

the This growth of media institutions reflects the hard work Commissioners decided to ignore the paper’s provocative and commitment of the Commissioners in facing the chalarticles and to continue to focus its energies on more produclenge of promoting free and pluralistic media throughout tive pursuits. decided to use now access a community radio station. As mature and responsible citizens. Two members of the IMC Policy Committee that worked on the Media Code of Practice All complaints before the CommisL-R The Ombudsman. The Editor of the PEEP must however be Sierra Leone. which document is currently being processed for the attention of parliament. country. Almost every area of Sierra Leone can circumstances surrounding the matter. Page 12 . one govnewspaper PEEP which wanted the Commission to come ernment owned radio and TV station and two independent out with a ruling in its favour. despite the fact that it could radio stations in 2001 when the Commission was estabnot substantiate the allegation which was the subject of the lished. if it should perform effectively and efficiently. objectivity. At no time did any arm of government attempt to “mastermind” the activities of the Commission or influence its work. has a gigantic task ahead. Mr. suggest to the Commission that there is need for training in investigative journalism and media law and ethics for re porters. than one who depends on emoluments from the Commission for his upkeep. The Commission will endeavour to source funds during the year to carry out training in these areas. Throughout the year. Christian Keili of SLAJ sion were treated with the same importance. With the spread of media throughout the warned that no citizen including journalists is above the law.pursuits and very little on the chairmanship and provision of checks and balances in the handling of the Commission’s funds. impartiality and neutrality. which matter is still in Court. unsavoury articles to vilify the Commission in its subsequent publications. This situation lent itself to several anomalies and could in fact be attributed as one of the reasons for the alleged forgery and misappropriation of the Commission’s funds by the former Executive Secretary. there are now close to 40 newspapers and 33 radio complaint before the Commission and not the extraneous and TV stations. the Commission now faces the challenge of moniThe number of complaints that were lodged at the Commission during the year and the nature of the offending articles toring their activities to ensure that they operate within the limits of the IMC Act and the Media Code of Practice. Also it is the firm conviction of the Board that a chairman who gets his salary from elsewhere is more likely to maintain the independence that is required of the Commission. The IMC must congratulate all those newspapers that came out regularly and were never brought before the Commission with complaints throughout the year. The Independent Media Commission (IMC) though small in stature. the Commission continued to jealously guard its independence to ensure that it is not compromised. One From the registration of a handful of newspapers. A chairman who is not involved in the running of the day to day business of the Commission but provides leadership and direction to the work of the Secretariat will provide the necessary checks and balances that will enhance the smooth running of the Commission. Francis Gabbidon and Mr. This position of the Board on this issue is reflected in the amendment of this section of the IMC Act.

This issue will be given considerable thought and discussion with relevant stakeholders during the year.1 Funding Major funding for the year under review came from the government. Page 13 .8m was received.585. the convergence of all these media could become counterpro ductive. registrations. 6. the British High Commission. The Commission also registers its profound gratitude to DFID. licenses. Sam King Services. civil society is now getting involved in the establishment of electronic media as well as serving as agents for direct to home satellite broadcasting. The establishment of the Independent Media Commission (IMC) clearly indicates government’s commitment to the freedom of expression by the media. This is reflected in the Auditor-General’s report for 2002-2004. In June 2005. However. It must also thank the government for its annual subvention and to request that consideration be given for an increase to assist it meet its growing ac tivities. There is now a remarkable awareness of the need for information dissemination in the country. CELTEL supported the maiden IMC/CELTEL media awards ceremony through the provision of the trophies and cash prizes. A request to DFID for assistance in the setting up of a re source centre for journalists in the IMC Secretariat also attracted funding to the tune of Le33. PANOS Institute of West Africa and CELTEL for providing funding to actualize some of its programmes and projects during the year under review. Special thanks go to other partners including the Media Foundation for West Africa. the situation has improved considerably. SLAJ. fines. following a request from the IMC to Panos Institute of West Africa (PIWA) for financial support for the organization of a two-day residential workshop at Javouhey House to deliberate on the draft media code of practice. with the appointment of a new Chairperson and a Chief Accountant who have left no stone unturned in ensuring accountability and probity in all financial transactions of the commission. These developments call for increased financial support for the IMC to enable it perform its functions effectively. the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and all media organizations operating in the country for their cooperation. The Commission had bad experience with regard to financial management in the last administration.0 2005 FINANCIAL REPORT Media development is a very important factor in any de mocratic process. while providing a mechanism for the protection of the rights of the citizens and the journalists themselves through regulation by an independent body. the US Embassy. Other sources of funding were from fees collected for applications. the British Council. the German Embassy. The Commission would like to take this opportunity to thank the Government for giving it a free hand to pursue its mandate without any interference. a sum of Le15. donations and donor support to specific projects and programmes. CELTEL also underwrote the expenses incurred at the Kimbima hotel where the awards ceremony and cocktails were held . ENCISS. WAJA. 6. Unlike the past. with a view to developing a viable proposal and action plan. IFJ.This calls for decentralization of the IMC by establishing units in the headquarter towns. the Mass Communication Department at Fourah Bay College.000. C-MET. the UNDP. If not properly regulated. Several mechanisms have been put in place to maintain checks and balances and for regular financial reports to be submitted to the Board.

etc Opening balance Funds received during year 3.400 101.513 __________________________________________________________________________________________________ IMC Dollar Account Approved budget Actual received Amt.300.226 22. 64. Spent Balance year end US$ US$ US$ US$ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ IMC Funds – donations.976 Less Bank charges Closing balance 90 7. fees.886 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 6.934.000 57.1.239 Closing balance 83.025. etc Opening balance Funds received during year 23.6. The 2005 accounts have been prepared and submitted to the Auditor-General’s Office for auditing.576. Page 14 .587 84.344.261.439 82.104.000 7.1 Income and Expenditure 2005 (in summary) IN LEONES Approved budget Actual received Le Le Le Amt.2 Audited Accounts The Auditor-General’s Office audited the 2004 accounts of the Commission.500 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ IMC Funds – donations.133.013 22.976 4.1.800 57.300 nil 29.232.934. Spent Balance year end Le __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Govt.800 105. fees.550.587 84. The Auditors have had post-audit appraisal meetings with the Commission but are yet to submit the Report to the IMC. subvention Salaries Recurrent exp.310.

election activities.000.000 103.000 6.000.000.000.000 60. .Procure official vehicle EXPECTED COME OUTFY 2006 151. To promote technological research and the development of adequate human resources for the advancement of the media industry throughout Sierra Leone 5.Official vehicle procured 2.000. Monthly IMC talk shows held . Yearly audit conducted GRAND TOTAL 6.000.000 458.000 .000 15.000 4.000. Quarterly visits to media houses conducted .000.500.000.000.000 16. Radio/TV talk shows and discussions nationwide .500.000 FY 2008 223.Seminars and workshops for media practitioners . A considerable reduction in the number of complaints sent to the IMC. Provide an efficient work environment . Provide better terms & conditions of service .000 19.000 22. Launch a Media Policy document . Hold regular meetings of the Complaints Committee to resolve conflicts between journalists and the public.Establish a Resource Centre.0 I M C THREE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN [2006 – 2008] The Commission envisages growth between 2006 and 2008 in terms of its overall operations and the establishment of monitoring units in the provinces. An internet research café set up.000.000.000 442.000 6.000.000 43.000 12. To strengthen the institutional capacity of the Commission so as to promote a free and pluralistic media throughout Sierra Leone ACTIVITIES .000 136.700.000 5. To protect the interest of the public against exploitation or abuse by media institutions and to drastically reduce complaints .500.000 - 2. A national Media Policy document produced 10.218.000. .000.000.218.000 An efficient work environment provided . To ensure that media institutions achieve the highest level of efficiency in the promotion of media services so as to improve their institutional capacity . It is against this background that the Commission has developed a three-year strategic plan as follows:OBJECTIVE 1.000.000. Train staff .000.000. To conduct a yearly audit of the IMC financial records .000.700 471.000 118.005.200.000 15. A viable Resource Centre established . 2006 and 2008 are years immediately before and after the elections when media institutions are expected to cover pre.Monitoring & evaluation of media facilities 3.000.000 - - .and post. 37.505.Staff members equipped to carry out their duties Personnel policy established . Audit 50.000 4.500.000.7. .000.000.805 3.000 15.000 43. Media training workshops for media practitioners held .000 10.000 4.000 3.000 2.000 FY 2007 221.Conduct workshops with journalists on the Rules and Regulations . Setting up of an internet café for research purposes.000 2.000 4.805 Page 15 . The Commission would therefore like to collaborate with other stakeholders to conduct training to raise the level of efficiency of the media in reporting in this area.

The Commission will therefore require government and IMC’s partners to provide at least two very sturdy vehicles to facilitate Page 16 Date . Since the establishment of the Commission in 2001. the Commission is expected to be current with events around the world. Journalists and the general public are yet to understand and appreciate the important role of the Commission.. Bernadette P. Faithfully submitted FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE INDEPENDENT MEDIA COMMISSION 8. the IMC faces a great deal of financial challenges. More importantly. Therefore. The existing office equipment. computers are defective and insufficient.0 CONCLUSION AND SIGNATURE The IMC would like to assure all stakeholders that if the proposals made in this report are given due attention it will perform its duties more efficiently and effectively. It cannot achieve this objective within the limited budget. D. ……………………………………… Logistics support Francis D. The Commission will therefore require government to review its financial allocation upwards. As a young Commission.8.. Allocations for visits cannot cope with the market demands to hire commercial vehicles for the purpose .0 CONSTRAINTS 8. The budget within which the Commission operates is very limited. There is no vehicle or mo torbike. the Commission would need to be on line and also provide internet services for journalists. This facility is non-existent at the moment. Date The Commission will therefore require government and IMC’s partners to intervene in this direction so as to enhance the capacity of the Commission. 9.2 Office equipment ……………………………………. By so doing the true independent nature of the Commission will be demonstrated and thus give confidence to its suspicious clientele. Ganda EXECUTIVE SECRETARY A major constraint facing the Commission is the lack of logistics support in the area of mobility. there has been no procurement of office equipment.. The Commission needs to continue its visitations of media in stitutions nationwide.1 Financial constraints its activities. especially. ………………………………. Cole (Mrs. ……………………………. the Commission will request for autonomy in the control of its revenue. Even the projection made in the three-year strategic plan will need an extraordinary effort to achieve some of the set objectives.) CHAIRPERSON As a media regulatory body.This constraint needs urgent attention taking into account the points highlighted above.

Prepared by ………………………….the actual amount received was Le57.439 in its current account (Leone account) and $ 3.000 3.425.587.800 82.APPENDICES ANNEX 1—FINANCIAL STATEMENTS ANNEX1A IMC FINANCIAL STATEMENT JANUARY . The total received during the year under review was Le 82.585.000 33.740.800.934.400 for salary grants . Only one station VOA paid in 2005 The details of all financial transactions are in the appendix attached.800 for the following programmes/projects of the Commission.800 The Dollar account is maintained from international relay radio stations that pay their fees in dollars.DECEMBER 2005 The Commission started the year with Le23.000 29.310. From these amounts.Both accounts are with the Sierra Leone Commerical Bank. Grant from PANOS to fund the national media workshop Grant from DFID to fund the setting up of the Resource Centre Funds received from application and licence fees and the rest termed OTHERS -sale of vehicle and staff loan repayments etc 15.550..976 in its US Dollar account. the balance at the end of the year w The Commission also received funds through licence fees from radio stations and newspapers and grants from donors.133.000 for recurrent expense but the actual amount received was Le84. Chief Accountant Approved by………………………………… Chairperson Page 17 .025.800.550. Although the Government approved a budget of Le64.300. The government also approved a budget of Le101.

000.000 4.veh Insurance and Compensation Office and General Stationery Provisions & toiletries Imprest Imprest Electricity Water Telecommunications Office supplies/Stores Building maintenance Machinery and Equipment maintenance Honararia & other allowances Professional Fees Generator running cost Travelling local Hire of Transport Uniform Office reception& Ent Office rent Audit Printing.310.000 22.000 12.000 600.000 8. 3..000 12. water and telephone sierratel bills 2.000.200.777 RECURRENT EXP.500.000.000 1. Fuel & lub.000 500.ANNEX 1B Independent Media Comission Income and Expenditure Statement January .electricity. Utilities are paid directly by Treasury to the utility houses .000.010 14.000 3.000 100.090.500.500.000 500.000.000 4. All other transactions were made directly to the various suppliers.000 100.974 12.500.200 25.850.000.000 Notes 1.000.000 3.000 3.005.800 - - - 1.810.000.000.000.000 3.000 2.500.815.000 1.000 400.000 1.000.000.200.000 216.000 100.000 12.000 9.000 2.000.000 101.000 11. Page 18 . Items bold and italiced are expenses in which the cheques were deposited into IMC Commercial Bank account before disbursment.000 1.300.000 4.800.783.500.PublicityAdvert TOTALS 1.400 14.000 29.December 2005 Government subventions received in 2005 in leones Code Line items Budget Quarter one Quarter two Quarter three SALARIES 64.000.000 150.000 3.000.000.000.000 1.000 1.000 1.000 3.000 1.068.

December 2005 Income from Applications.900 Workshop exp (PANOS) 13.000 2.469 3.000 11.250.500 5.200 Imprest 2.500. Licence and other donations (IMC leones ACCT) Line items Quarter one Quarter two Quarter three Quarter four TOTAL Opening balance 23.000 310.020.000 15.630.000.000 Donations towards chairman's funeral 200.000.000 605.550.261.000 9.422.000 950.175.000 Electricity bill 1.loans) 445.000 1.494.726 Excess income over expenses 31st Dec 2005 22.585.000 30.bonus.032 Bank charges 143.000 548.150.141.239 Expenses from IMC Funds Line items Quarter one Quarter two Quarter three Quarter four TOTAL Total expenses 2.000 4.000 494.824.(late chairman F.000 10.000 502.320.585.500.000 425.973.000 900.065.810.700 5.000 Staff loan 560.498.000 800.800 6.500 13.073.000 3.747.000 822.000.000 1. Conteh) 1.700.200 899.000 2.746 106.000 3.405.881 77.500.000 3.000 408.000.000 6.890.000 25.000 TOTALS 26.439 33.439 23.000 Government subvention 5.020.444 7.800 1.000 59.000 Computer repairs 1.800.295.976.000 1.000 Grant DFID 33.306.500 Funeral exp.000 2.000 Office repairs 220.404.000.200.535.600.800 13.619.500.269 Staff welfare (allowances.000 1.025.000 1.500 2.300.000 Application fees 350.350.800.000 1.248.000.000 200.000 Stationery & IMC mtgs 1.227.025.000 530.126.ANNEX 1C Independent Media Comission Income and Expenditure Statement January .910.000 2.200.000 60.000 Honararium 3.513 Page 19 .000 19.580.000 150.742.739.000 2.000 5.000 300.000 1.000 252.000 3.000 4.530 61.000.000 Radio/tv licence fees 2.742.086.000 Sitting allowances(Honararium) 160.960.810.000 Grant PANOS 15.000 Miscellaneous 425.358.450 23.000 129.475.000 675.000 Imprest 9.300 Monitoring visits(T/P hire) 1.000 848.000 150.000 2.000 lawyer retainer fee 2. Registrations.900 150.000 Adverts 1.325 Water bills 114.000 2.000 18.030 160.000 7.000.538.826.000 Curtains 899.500.000 Resource Centre (DFID) 30.414.200 Telephone bills 2.800 Others(sale of official vehicle etc) 130.000 1.669 104.150.000.700.000 Generator expenses 728.333 TOTALS 3.000 Transport hire/Localtravelling 2.000 Newspapers licence fees 300.850.000 600.000 1.239 31.000 500.792.

Licence and other donations (IMC dollar acct) Line items Quarter one Quarter two Quarter three Quarter four TOTAL Opening balance 3.000 7.000 Annual licence fees 4.976 Expenses from IMC Funds (IMC dollar acct) Line items Total expenses Bank charges TOTALS Quarter one Quarter two Quarter three Quarter four TOTAL 15 15 45 45 15 15 15 15 90 90 Excess income over expenses 31st Dec 2005 7.976 Deposits made Application fees Registration fees 4.000 Other donations TOTALS 3.ANNEX 1D Independent Media Comission Income and Expenditure Statement January .886 Page 20 .976 4. Registrations.December 2005 Income from Applications.976 3.

Abdul Rahman-Swarray Mr. Kissy 34A Fudia Terrace. Ibrahim Karim Sei Ms.9 MHz FM 101. Victor Summer Mr. Freetown th Frequency MHz FM 96. Kenema Yele.0-584.2MHz 578.9 MHz FM 101. Sylvia Blyden Mr. 7. 6.8MHz 2. Name of Station Radio Bontico Eastern Radio Radio Gbonkolenken Radio Kolenten Radio Mount Aureol ABC Television Open Door CommunicaFortune Television Afritex Television Starr Television Address Bonthe Town Council 56 Blama Road. NAMES OF EDITORS Dr. 1.0-262. Hill Station 49 Waterloo Street. Betty Foray-Reid Mr. 2 Pyke Street. 17 Pademba Road 68 Regent Road ANNEX III: RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS THAT REGISTERED WITH THE IMC IN 2005 No.9 MHz FM 104.ANNEX II: NEWSPAPERS THAT REGISTERED WITH THE IMC IN 2005 No 1. Emmanuel Stafford NEWSPAPER Awareness Times New Tempo ATTAYA African Standard Evening Scoop Spectator City Voice ADDRESS 24 Garrison Street 11 Regent Road 11 Kissy Road 31 Garrison Street 14 Lightfoot Boston St. Kissy House.3 MHz 482. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.0MHz 250. 2. 15 Bai Bureh Road.2MHz-266.108GHz Status Community Community Community Commercial Community Commercial Religious Commercial Commercial Commercial Page 21 . Victor Lewis Mr.0 MHz FM 107. KamFourah Bay College (FBC) 5 Floor.4 MHz 263. 3 4 5. 10. Gbonkolenken Chiefdom 11 Bai Farama Tass II Road.

Cline Town. DSTV Commercial Page 22 . Freetown 39 Wilkinson Road. 1. Cline Town.ANNEX IV: DTH/DSTV AGENCIES THAT REGISTERED WITH THE IMC IN 2005 No. 2 3 Trend Com Trend TV Trend Sayasha 17 Pademba Road 2 Charlotte Street c/o Alhaji Yayah Deen 7 College Road. 2 3 Name of Station Trend Com Trend TV Trend Sayasha Address 17 Pademba Road 2 Charlotte Street c/o Alhaji Yayah Deen 7 College Road. Freetown Frequency MHz INTELSAT 907 INTELSAT 907 INTELSAT 907 Status Commercial Commercial Commercial 4. Freetown INTELSAT 907 INTELSAT 907 INTELSAT 907 Commercial Commercial Commercial ANNEX IVA: COMPLETE LIST OF DTH/DSTV AGENCIES REGISTERED IN SIERRA LEONE No. Name of Station Address Frequency MHz Status 1.

F/town 5 Mary Street 29 Rawdon Street 14A George Street 1 Short Street Lamina Sankoh Street 16 Upper Brook Street 60 Old Railway Line 8 Liverpool Street 47 Percival Street 1 Short Street 69 Fort Street 2 Circular Road 24 Rawdon Street 1 Short Street CLC Bookshop Circular Rd C/o Mass Comm. Osman Ben Kargbo Mr. Sydney Pratt Mr. Kelvin Lewis Mr. A. FBC 68 Regent Road 31 Garrison Street 15 Wallace Johnson Street 24 Garrison Street 11 Regent Road 11 Kissy Road 31 Garrison Street 14 Lightfoot Boston St. Christopher Koker Mr. Victor Lewis NEWSPAPER Concord Times Standard Times New Vision Advocate Peep Magazine New Citizen We Yone Newspaper Independent Observer The Trumpet Independent Voice Christian Monitor Herald Guardian Rokel Times Comment Angel Unity Democrat African Champion The Independent Salone Times Rural Network Policy AWOKO Youth Forum Newday Magazine Exclusive Newspaper The News For Di People Catalyst Magazine Aureol Torch City Voice The Post Sierra News Awareness Times New Tempo ATTAYA African Standard Evening Scoop Spectator ADDRESS 51 Krootown Road 2A Ascension Town Road 29 Rawdon Street 29 Rawdon Street 28 Savage Street 7 Wellington Street 13 Pademba Road 29 Rawdon Street Boot A1 Beaconsfield Off Fergusson St 1 Short Street 8 Howe Street 12 Bathurst Street FW Inter. Desmond Conteh Mr. Mr.W. Davies Mr. Jalloh Mr. 17 Pademba Road Page 23 . Charles N. Charles F. Jonathan Leigh Mr. Baba Conteh.B. Smith Mr. Richie Olu Gordon Mr. Pious Foray Mr.S. Ibrahim Karim Sei Mr. Dept. Jacob I. Esme James Mass Comm Dept Mr. Davies Mr. Betty Foray-Reid Mr. Emmanuel Stafford Ibrahim El Tayyib Bah SLENA Dr.ANNEX V: COMPLETE LIST OF NEWSPAPERS REGISTERED IN SIERRA LEONE No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 NAMES OF EDITORS Mr. Sheik Sesay Mr. Sahr Mbriwa Mr. Sahr Musa Yamba. Williams J. Foday Fofanah Mr. Massaquoi Mr. Mr. Abdul Rahman-Swarray Mr. Foday Sesay Mr. Sylvia Blyden Mr. Sule Musa Mr. Bockarie Hon. Alpha R. Tatafoe Tumoe Harry Yansaneh Mrs. Frank Kposowa Mr. Koroma Mr. Victor Summer Mr. Joseph Mboka Mr. 11 Regent Road 5 Edward Lane. Christian Keili Mr. S. Ibrahim Karim Sei Ms.

5MHz 93. Freetown 35 Missiri Street. Bo Kabala Town 2 Findley Street. 11. 26 27 28 29.0MHz 2500MHz -2624MHz 2. 10.0 MHz 106. TV New England Mile 91 – Romankneh GBAFT Believers Broadcasting Network Pademba Road.9MHz 576.ANNEX VI: COMPLETE RADIO AND TV STATIONS REGISTERED IN SL ADDRESS NO. Off Mends Street . Kenema Kambia Bonthe Town Council 11 Bai Farama Tass Road – Kambia 1 Aberdeen Bo Kenema Kono/Koidu Town Makeni New England Mount Aureol.2 MHz.0 MHZ 96. 4.2 MHz 101.1 MHZ 101. Signal Hill Freetown/7 Small Waterloo Street Makeni Leicester Village Thunder Hill.9MHz 103.7 MHz 97.3 FM 89.0 -584. 7. Moyamba 2 Yamson Lane. FBC c/o Kelvin Lewis 15 Bai Bureh Road. Satellite Station SLBS SLBS.1 MHZ 102.0MHz 99. 1. 30 31 32 32 33 34 35 36 NAME OF STATIONS Radio Gbaft BBN Voice of the Handicapped Radio Democracy Radio Maria Voice of America Citizen FM KISS 104 Sky-FM 106 Radio Life Ventures Nongowa MOA MODCAR Voice of Islam Radio Mankneh Capital Radio Radio New Song Radio Bintumani Voice of the Peninsula Radio Tombo Ministry of Education Radio Station Eastern Radio Radio Kolenten Radio Bontico Radio Gbonkonlenken Radio UNAMSIL SLBS.8 MHz 103.2 MHZ 98. Makeni 49D Wilkinson Road 73 Old Railway Line.54 Siaka Stevens Street New England FREQUENCY MHz 91.6 MHZ 93.632-2. Kissy. Sewa Road. Kissy 34A Fudia Terrace 49 Waterloo Street 6th Floor Kissy House. Satellite Station SLBS. 13.3MHz 105.9 MHz FM107.7 MHz 104.0 MHz 95. 3.2MHZ Page 24 .4MHz 96. Nyandema Kenema Kenema Village Kailahun District 16 Mission Road. 5.2MHz 103.3 MHz 96. New England Radio Mount Aureol Radio France International Open Door Communication TV Fortune Television Afritex TV ABC TV SLBS. 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25.0 MHz 97. Tombo Village New England Ville 56 Blama Road.3MHz 101. 6. 2.0MHz 96.9MHz 92.4 MHz 103. 107. Freetown BO Mount Joy 3 Soldier Street Freetown C/o Chief Suwu. 9.5 MHz 94. 8.1 MHz 102.0 MHz 92. Satellite Station SLBS. 12.668GHZ 482. Kissy Shell. Freetown 18J Oniel Street Quarry. 14.5MHz 90.

DATE IMC RECEIVED COMPLAINT NAME OF COMPLAINANT OFFENDING NEWSPAPER/ RADIO STATION NATURE OF COMPLAINT DECISION TAKEN BY IMC STATUS OF THE COMPLAINT/ DECISION TAKEN BY IMC The newspaper complied 1 27th January.ANNEX VII: COMPLAINTS RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC IN 2005 NO.2005 NACSA Independent Voice Libel against the Deputy Commissioner The newspaper was order to publish a retraction of the story and apologise 2 14th March. it was agreed that the matter be laid to rest The newspaper was ordered to retract the story and apologise The newspaper complied 3 17th March 2005 Ibrahim Morikeh Fofanah The Editor New People newspaper Defamation and Libel Page 25 .1 Publication of false news After the IMC had counseled both parties.M 98.2005 The Sierra Leone Police The Society for Radio Democracy F.

ANNEX VII: COMPLAINTS RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC IN 2005 CONTD N O. the Commission decided to discontinue the matter The newspaper was ordered to retract the story and apologise This decision was communicated to the complainant and a press release was issued to the effect 6 13th April 2005 Mr. Francis Gabbidon The Editor of Trumpet newspaper Defamation and Libel The newspaper to publish a retraction and an apology The newspaper complied Page 26 . 2005 The Commander of 4th Battalion. DATE IMC RECEIVED COMPLAINT 5th April.2005 The Regional Director Search for Common Ground The Editor of Standard Times newspaper Libel Since the hearings were overtaken by an inquiry initiated by the ADB and in view of the fact that the Ministry’s representatives failed to appear at subsequent hearings. Mr.2005 The Editor of Standard Times newspaper Defamation and libel The newspaper was ordered to retract the story and apologise The newspaper complied 9 16th May. Teko Barracks The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation The Editor of Exclusive Times newspaper Defamation and libel The newspaper was ordered to retract the story and apologise The newspaper complied 8 29th April. the IMC decided to strike the matter off its list of complaints representatives In view of the fact that the complainant was for the most part out of the country and could therefore not attend hearings and could also not give a date on which she could be present.2005 NAME OF COMPLAINANT OFFENDING NEWSPAPER/ RADIO STATION The Editor of Standard Times newspaper NATURE OF COMPLAINT DECISION TAKEN BY IMC STATUS OF THE COMPLAINT/ DECISION TAKEN BY IMC This decision was communicated to the complainant and a press release was issued to the effect 4 The Permanent Secretary. Kanji Daramy Defamation and libel The Editor New People newspaper The newspaper complied 7 25th April. Ministry of Trade and Industry False News 5 10th April.2005 The Ombudsman.

DATE IMC RECEIVE D COMPLAINT NAME OF COMPLAINANT OFFENDING NEWSPAPER/ RADIO STATION NATURE OF COMPLAINT DECISION TAKEN BY IMC STATUS OF THE COMPLAINT/ DECISION TAKEN BY IMC 10. 2005 The Executive Director First Media Group Without any prompting from the IMC. the complainant stopped attending meetings of the Complaints Committee and despite several reminders they still did not attend. 1st June. 2005 The President of SLFA The Editor. 2005 The Sierra Leone Society for the Welfare of the Aged The Editor of Standard Times newspaper Defamation and Libel The matter is still subjudice 13 6th July. The complainant accepted apology from the editor and the matter was laid to rest Contravention of copyright Law The editor apologised to complainant before the Commission started hearing on the matter The matter was amicably settled between the two parties. the newspaper apologized as soon as he received a letter from the Commission inviting him to a hearing. 11 15th June. The newspaper complied Page 27 .ANNEX VII: COMPLAINTS RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC IN 2005 CONTD NO. the Commission decided to strike off the complaint from the list. The IMC therefore decided to discontinue hearings and counseled the editor to desist from making comments on the matter. Independent Observer Defamation and Libel The newspaper was requested to retract the story and apologise. 2005 The AntiCorruption Commission The Editor of Standard Times newspaper Libel In view of the fact that after the first few hearings. This decision was communicated to the complainant and a press was release put out to the effect 12 6thJuly. After two hearings the Commission realised that the matter was subjudice.

Peep Magazine Defamation and libel The newspaper was ordered to retract the story and apologise The newspaper did not comply. 000 was levied for contempt of IMC. DATE IMC RECEIVED COMPLAINT 4th August. New Vision newspaper Defamation and libel The newspaper was ordered to retract the story and apologise The newspaper was ordered to retract the story and apologise 19 7th September 2005 The Editor.ANNEX VII: COMPLAINTS RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC IN 2005 CONTD N O. A Fine of Le500. The matter is currently before the Commission. Exclusive newspaper Defamation and libel The newspaper complied Page 28 . Francis Gabbidon The Editor. The newspaper complied 18 7th September 2005 The Ombudsman. Mr. Ahmad Tejan Kabba The editor.2005 ONS The Editor of Standard newspaper Breach of secrecy under the laws Times of Sierra Leone After one hearing the Commission realised it could not continue with the matter since a Commission of Enquiry had been set-up by the Government to look into the issue 16 11th August 2005 Hon. Princess Baba Jigida The editor of New Vision newspaper Defamation and Libel The newspaper was ordered to retract the story and apologise The newspaper complied 17 15th August 2005 The President Alhaji Dr. the newspaper still refused to comply.2005 NAME OF COMPLAINAN T OFFENDING NEWSPAPER/ RADIO STATION The Editor of African Champion newspaper NATURE OF COMPLAINT DECISION TAKEN BY IMC STATUS OF THE COMPLAINT/ DECISION TAKEN BY IMC The newspaper complied 14 NaCSA Defamation and Libel The newspaper was requested to retract the story and apologise 15 26th September. Francis Gabbidon The Ombudsman. Mr.

SLRTA The Managing Editor. New vision newspaper New People newspaper False Report The complaint was withdrawn by the complainant of his own volition The Complainant appeared only once for hearing.200 5 Mr. Pool newspaper The Managing Editor. Standard Times newspaper Libel Since the Editor of Standard Times was able to substantiate the allegations in the offending story. The Commission dismissed the case 24 19th October. the complaint was dismissed. The newspaper was ordered to retract the story and apologise The newspaper was ordered to retract the story and apologise 21 8th September.ANNEX VII: COMPLAINTS RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC IN 2005 CONTD N O.2005 Mr. 2005 Mr. Francis Gabbidon The managing Editor. Willie O.2005 NAME OF COMPLAINANT OFFENDING NEWSPAPER/ RADIO STATION NATURE OF COMPLAINT DECISION TAKEN BY IMC STATUS OF THE COMPLAINT/ DECISION TAKEN BY IMC The representative of the complainant apologise to the editor and the matter was laid to rest 20 Christian Children’s Fund (CCF) The managing Editor. Peep newspaper The Managing Editor.2005 14th September. Trumpet newspaper Libel The newspaper complied 22 Defamation and libel The newspaper complied 23 18th October. Exclusive newspaper Defamation The newspaper was ordered to retract and apologise The newspaper complied 26 16th November. Samir Hassaniyeh The Ombudsman.SLBS Makeni Defamation and Libel The newspaper was ordered to retract the story and apologise The newspaper complied Page 29 . African Champion The Managing Editor. Mr.2005 Defamation and Libel 25 7th November. Alusine Kamara – Publicity Secretary PMDC J.2005 His Grace Bishop Abu Koroma The Managing Editor.200 5 17th November. DATE IMC RECEIVED COMPLAINT 7th September.Pratt Defamation and libel Hearing is in progress Hearing is in progress 27 Station Manager.S KeifalaExecutive Director.

SIERRA LEONE TEL: (232 22) 221840/221835 (232) 076 724 854 .FOR INFORMATION ON THE IMC CONTACT: THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY INDEPENDENT MEDIA COMMISSION 3RD FLOOR. SIAKA STEVENS STREET FREETOWN. KISSY HOUSE 54.