May 2020

Maada Bio and Foreign Diplomats: A Failed Effort to Impress International Support

  By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah and Matthew Anderson Julius Maada Bio, the president of Sierra Leone finally met with foreign diplomats this past Thursday for the first time since he delivered his now infamous May 8 statement in which he called leaders of the country’s leading opposition party – the APC – as “domestic …

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South African police assault journalist Paul Nthoba

Human rights groups have called on South African authorities to conduct a swift investigation into the beating of journalist Paul Nthoba and drop all charges against him.  On May 15, at least four police officers in Meqheleng, in Free State province, beat Nthoba, the owner and editor of the weekly Mohokare News local newspaper, who had photographed …

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Job Vacancy: Investigative Reporters Needed for Sierra Leone 

Job Description: Africanist Press seeks to recruit three full-time investigative journalists to work on ongoing projects in Sierra Leone for a one-year contractual period, with possibilities of contract renewal based on satisfactory performance. Assignments mostly include covering events, interviewing sources, collecting and assessing data, authenticating information, and general news reporting and analysis. Journalists can be …

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‘Terrorism Statement’ drives wedge between Foreign Diplomats and Sierra Leone’s President

  By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah and Matthew Anderson Leaked diplomatic correspondences seen by the Africanist Press reveal a growing rift between members of the diplomatic community and the government of President Bio, including an apparent refusal by multilateral and foreign officials in the country to meet with President Julius Maada Bio about escalating violence …

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State Violence and Political Repression in Sierra Leone

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah and Matthew Anderson Protests, social unrest, violence; these symptoms do not appear in a society without a cause. When democratic expression is repressed, when the voices of oppressed people are suppressed, and when state violence becomes unbearable, the end products are social unrest and mass protests. Today’s crisis in Sierra …

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