Wednesday August 3, 2005
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) in concert with the Sierra Leone Reporters Union (SLRU) has endorsed an indefinite news blackout on all matters relating to the Government, Parliament and the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) Force.
This action towards the Police coincides with the suspension of Superintendent Kalia Sesay of the Central Police Station who woefully failed to investigate the assault complaint made by the deceased Editor of the For di People newspaper- Harry Hassan Yansaneh.
According to Police sources, Supt. Kalia Sesay has been suspended because of poor investigation lapses. He has now being replaced by the Chief Superintendent of Police- S.B. Kargbo from the Kambia Police Station. Replacing Chief Superintendent Kargbo is Assistant Superintendent of Police- Christian Williams formerly of the Complaint Discipline Internal Investigation Department (CDIID) of the Police.
Announcing the decision of SLAJ at the weekly Police Press briefing, Mr. Chernor Ojuku Sesay, who is Editor of the Pool newspaper said, “.Until the matter of the late Harry Yansaneh is charged to Court, we have nothing absolutely to do with anything concerning the Police.” After his address, journalists from almost all newspapers in the country peacefully walked out of the Police conference room; bringing the entire Press briefing to an abrupt halt.