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Guinean journalist on Monday started a training course on more informed coverage of the mining sector in the mineral-rich West African nation.
Participants are drawn from the public, private and community media outlets to acquire knowledge, skills and the ethics that will allow them to tackle the issues of the mining industry.
A Liberian female journalist is among four international journalists who have received the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2012 awards for courageous reporting in defiance of violence and repression.
The three other journalists honoured are Mauri Konig of Brazil, jailed journalist Dhondup Wangehen of China and Azimjon Askarovof Kyrgyzstan.
Upon coming to power five years ago, the government of Ernest Bai Koroma promised improvement in the communication sector, especially internet connectivity.
Hopes were raised when on 2September 2011 the government launched the Sub-marine Fiber Optic Cable to ease connectivity in the country.
Parliamentarians around the world are going Online and getting more and more mobile technology friendly in the performance of their duties.
An Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and United Nations supported World e-Parliament report says lawmakers are using social media more and more to engage their constituents.
A suspect in the murder of journalist Ibrahim Foday, a reporter of privately-owned Freetown-based Exclusive newspaper, has been arrested by the Sierra Leone police.
Tunde Williams was picked up by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police on.3 November at Kamakwei, a town in the north of the country.
Popular independent Catholic Church-run Radio Veritas has been off the air for the second week, amidst accusations that the government had masterminded the silencing of a critical voice.
Information minister Lewis Brown held a news conference Thursday in Monrovia to say it was “just not fair” to accuse the government without first probing the closure of the radio.
Gambian authorities have dropped charges against two journalists, who were arrested on 6 September this year for seeking permission to peacefully protest the execution of nine death row in-mates on the orders of President Yayha Jammeh.
Journalists Baboucarr Ceesay, first vice president of the Gambian Press Union and Abubacarr Saidykhan, a freelancer, were charged for “conspiracy to commit felony, seditious publication and incitement to violence” following their request to peacefully demonstrate.
A Nigerian journalist who won an historic legal battle against the National Police and a local commercial bank has said the outcome was ‘a victory’ for Nigerian journalists and his colleagues worldwide.
The country’s High Court awarded journalist Desmond Utomwen 100 million Naira (aboutUS$637,000) in special damages after he was brutalized by policemen and staff of Guarantee Trust Bank, while covering a peaceful protest outside the bank's offices in the capital, Abuja.
There has been no let up in the controversy over the constitutionality of Sierra Leone’s criminal and seditious libel laws contained in the Public Order Act of 1965.
Former Information Minister Dr. Julius Spencer has filed a constitutional challenge at the Supreme Court, questioning the constitutionality of the law.
An Associate Legal Officer of the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), Maxwell Kadiri, has said there is a growing recognition of the right to information as part of the practice of democracy in Africa.
He said while laws exists in this regard, implementation in practical terms has been the challenge because many governments feel the less the people know, the better for them to perpetuate themselves in office.