Sierra Leone Guild of Editors has expressed concern over a new directive from the clerk of parliament on criterion for journalists covering parliamentary sittings.
A recent parliamentary press release stated that journalist wishing to be accredited by the Parliamentary Media Accreditation Committee needs to present the following:
- CV and photocopies of relevant documents;
- Academic qualification of at least a diploma in Mass Communication/Journalism or any other discipline from a recognized University/College;
- Media practitioner for at least a period of two years;
- Photocopy of a valid operational licenses granted by the IMC
- Be a member of Slaj Sierra Leone or having practiced for several years.
The Guild of Editors says this directive is the responsibility of SLAJ and this action is a direct move to restrict press freedom.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of Slaj Sierra Leone vehemently condemned the move by the clerk describing it as an attempt to muzzle the press. “SLAJ will not be part of that process” he said.