23rd April 2017
“HIGH WE EXALT THEE, REALM OF THE FREE, GREAT IS THE LOVE WE HAVE FOR THEE, FIRMLY UNITED…,” is the opening stanza of Sierra Leone’s National Anthem. It epitomises the direction the Organiser newspaper publication will take in the years ahead.
The Organiser is published in London by Abu Shaw, the Founder, Proprietor, Publisher, Editor and CEO. This news website was set up following many years of identifying the missing links in the Sierra Leone media. The Organiser newspaper is the forerunner of the defunct Freetown Daily News and Press United newspapers.
Our correspondents are based in the four regions of Sierra Leone and will bring you exclusive stories from your towns and villages. Our online publication is our priority at the moment, the first step towards the resumption of a full scale newspaper printing that will soon hit the newsstands in Sierra Leone.
The corporate values of the Organiser newspaper will act as the Holy Grail of the future operations which will mirror journalistic values namely press freedom, objective reporting, and above all seeking the public interests. All this is geared towards promoting a healthy democracy in Sierra Leone.
As a 24/7 news media, the Organiser will embrace the fundamentals of journalism i.e. informing, educating and entertaining our readers.
The independence of the Organiser is our topmost priority. We owe an obligation to the people of Sierra Leone. As an independent media organisation, the Organiser will uphold the tenets of journalism without fear or favour. Many Sierra Leone media houses continue to publish very good stories that are very badly told and poorly written. The good news is that the Organiser is here to stay to make a real difference in the journalism profession.
Sierra Leone has been lagging behind many years in the search of true press freedom and the democratic rights of media houses and practitioners. This is because the 1965 Criminal Libel Law, which has turned out to be the most draconian press law in the country, continues to hamper press freedom, even though it deters unprofessional journalism in the country.
The Organiser would like to stress the importance of accurate reporting and unbiased coverage of events in the country. The Organiser will levy praise where praise is necessary and hammer any individual or organisation aiding or abetting corrupt practices. The Organiser is intolerable to the Borbor Belles and Swegbes of Emmerson fame. This is a promise we are going to fulfil.
DEDICATED TO LATE ALPHA SHAW AND OTHERS
The Organiser has wholeheartedly dedicated this news publication to the loving memories of all Sierra Leone journalists who lost their precious lives in the struggle to make their country a better place to live in. Special tributes go to late journalists Messrs Mohamed Alpha Shaw; Conrad Roy, Alie-Wyse Koroma and Alpha Wurie Jalloh etc. They lost their precious lives in the fight for press freedom. That is why the Organiser publication decides to pay this special tribute to them.
Late Alpha Shaw, the elder brother of Abu Shaw, was one of the most brilliant journalists of his generation. His visionary write-ups and oratory skills still linger in the minds of those who knew him. He wrote many articles for the radical Tablet newspaper, the Progress newspaper and many others in Sierra Leone. He died at the tender age of 22 at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown on the 17th July 1980. His sudden death was a real shock to his family and friends, especially his Ahmaddiya School in Freetown where he was waiting for his A-Level results.
This is Alpha Shaw’s most famous speech: “A man, who is ignorant of the society in which he lives, who knows nothing of its place in the world and who has not thought about his own place in it, is not a free man even though he has a vote.” Brother Alpha Shaw was the pioneer and embodiment of the spirit of journalism which continues to flow in the blood stream of the Shaw family in Kenema.
Colleague Conrad Roy was the News Editor of the Expo Times newspaper from 1995/1998 until his arbitrary arrest and detention at Pademba Road Prisons where he lost his life under the Tejan Kabbah/SLPP government in 1998. Colleague Alie Wyse-Koroma was Senior Staff Reporter of Expo Times newspaper from 1995/1998. He too lost his life in mysterious circumstances in Freetown. Cub Reporter Alpha Wurie Jalloh of Expo Times fame was killed in Freetown in 1998.
May the blessings of God continue to shine on these great sons of Sierra Leone. Amen.
WELCOME TO THE ORGANISER!
Very few Sierra Leone media outlets give the full picture of what is really happening in their country. The Organiser believes this journalistic disservice must be stamped out for good. Our modus operandi will be to report stories hitherto unreported in Sierra Leone. We promise all Sierra Leoneans at home and in the diaspora that the Organiser will bring stories from their towns and villages to solve their nostalgic feelings.
The Organiser welcomes all stakeholders to it's online edition and subsequent publications. Thank you for your custom.
I have recently become a full-fledged member of the All Peoples Congress APC party. It's an honour to be part of this famous party in Sierra Leone. My newspaper will do everything possible to assist my party through honest editorials and commentaries to help promote government policies for the benefit and prosperity of all Sierra Leoneans.