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Media One Centre scoops 14 National Media awards

The Independent Media Commission (IMC) was established by an Act of Parliament to regulate the activities of media Houses in Sierra Leone so that they conform to the best code of practice.

The Commission has for the past eight years been organizing an annual awards night for practicing Journalists so as to encourage media people to actualize their vision.

Media Houses or Journalists who have performed extremely in various fields have been awarded certificates, plaques and millions of Leones.

Media One Centre, a perfect combination of Standard Times Press, our darling Star Radio FM 103.5 and our baby to be delivered soon Star TV Channel 21, continue to elbow others in the country.

On Friday 25th April 2014, it was another show of professionalism and superiority demonstrated by a battery of Journalists from Media One Centre scooping 14 out of the 31 categories of awards set for media practitioners across the country.

According to invited guests at the prestigious Family Kingdom at Lumley Beach in the west of Freetown, it is the biggest winning ever recorded in the history of media awards in Sierra Leone.

The General Editor Mustapha Sesay won the best reporting on Education and the best reporting on Feature Gender categories.

Mohamed Konneh won best reporting on Culture and Tourism, including best reporting on Courts and Crime. Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya won three categories- best reporting on Agriculture, best feature article on Agriculture and best reporting on the Environment.

Standard Times reporters who scoop the media awards

Standard Times reporters who scoop the media awards

Abu Bakarr Kargbo was the biggest winner this year, wining four categories on HIV/Aids, Corruption, Economic Writing and Best Parliamentary Report.

Salifu Conteh was the only single award winner, winning best reporting on Gender Based Violence.

Amadu Lamarana Bah of Star Radio won the best reporting on Mining and Extractives Industry, and Star Radio won the Best Commercial Radio of the Year.

The awards ceremony was the 8th annual awards nights hosted by the Independent Media Commission awarding journalists who perform very well in 2013. Since the inception of the awards Standard times Newspaper continues to win various categories every year.

Speaking before the awards ceremony, SLAJ Vice President Stanley Bangura Jr. said “We are gathered here today to witness the country’s most coveted media awards ceremony organized by the IMC. This act of recognizing colleagues who practice and conduct themselves professionally is in line with our blueprint of enhancing professionalism and specialization in the Sierra Leonean media landscape”.

Bangura said “today’s occasion is characterized by a bitter-sweet experience for us in SLAJ, bitter because four of our most hardworking and trustworthy men who have served diligently and with professionalism are downing their tools as commissioners. As a way of saluting their gallantry, I want to ask all of us to give a standing ovation to our outgoing Commissioners in the persons of Commissioner Mohamed Samoura, Commissioner Joshua Nicol, Commissioner Isaac Massaquoi and Commissioner Augustine Garmoh.

the awards

He said as an association, “we remain committed in our campaign to see Part 5 of the Public Order Act of 1965- which criminalizes libel review expunged from the country’s law books.

“Our engagement in the recent past with the country’s Presidency, Parliament and the Diplomatic community is a clear sign that this current SLAJ Executive is determined to make history by lobbying the relevant authorities to support our campaign in ensuring all Sierra Leonean journalists practice their profession in an atmosphere that is free from fear,” he stated.

Several other speakers made meaningful contributions towards the importance of the event in the media landscape.

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