Since I’ve been on the board of the Independent Media Commission, I have had to answer two questions from people who know me all over the country. People have always asked me why is it that we (IMC) have granted a license to operate a newspaper or radio station to anybody who has turned up at the IMC to make a request.
I began my address to the recent Commonwealth-Sierra Leone conference on media and post-war reconstruction by agreeing with Professor Francis Nyamnjoh, that journalists in Africa – and I should add Sierra Leone in particular – have not clearly defined their journalism. Defining our journalism, I explained, meant that we must quickly grapple with issues like what journalism in Africa, especially in Sierra Leone, is all about. What its mission is and therefore how we should go about it.