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10-31-13 DBA BUTTY - SIERRA LEONE - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION


SIERRA LEONE PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA IS EXPECTED TO SIGN INTO LAW A NEW FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL TODAY (THURSDAY). THE BILL WAS APPROVED YESTERDAY BY THE COUNTRY’S PARLIAMENT. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION MINISTER ALPHA KANU SAYS THE BILL IS IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S REFORMS TO PROMOTE AND REINFORCE DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE IN THE COUNTRY. THE BILL’S APPROVAL COMES AS SIERRA LEONE JOURNALISTS ON TUESDAY IMPOSED A NEWS BLACKOUT IN SOLIDARITY WITH TWO JOURNALISTS JAILED AND CHARGED WITH 26 COUNTS OF SEDITIOUS AND DEFAMATORY LIBEL FOR CRITICIZING PRESIDENT KOROMA. INFORMATION MINISTER KANU TELLS ME THE FREEDOM AND INFORMATION BILL WILL MAKE ACCESS TO INFORMATION IN SIERRA LEONE EASIER.

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