SLAJ PRESIDENT DEPARTS FOR LAGOS, NIGERIA: Attends 2nd Regional Conference on Countering Information Manipulation and Hate Speech in West Africa

Date: 8th July 2024

PRESS RELEASE

The President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Ahmed Sahid Nasralla, departs Sierra Leone today for Lagos, Nigeria, to attend the 2nd Regional Conference on Countering Information Manipulation and Hate Speech in West Africa from the 9th to 11th July 2024.

Organised by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), and funded by Global Affairs Canada, the conference serves as a platform for countries in Central West Africa to present their achievements and case studies on countering misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech to promote information sharing across the region.

The SLAJ President is expected to do a presentation of his organization and country’s experience with countering misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech during the June 2023.

The SLAJ President is accompanied by Mabinty Magdalene Kamara, one of the fact-checkers of the SLAJ SuperNewsRoom supported by NDI to counter dis/misinformation before, during and after Sierra Leone’s recent elections. Magdalene is also the Editor of Politico Newspaper and Vice President of Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL).

“I am excited to attend this 2nd Regional Conference and I am looking forward to sharing our experience. The existential threat of dis/misinformation and hate speech undermines democracy, peace and stability in our region, and we need collaborative efforts to address it,” said Nasralla.

 

Signed:

Alhaji Manika Kamara

National Secretary General