Thursday, February 08, 2007

IMC Bags Le 79 Million From DfID

Independent Media Commission (IMC) has received Le 79 million from the British Department for International Development (DfID) to boost the Commission's resource center and other facilities.

This disclosure was made by the Chairman of IMC, Bernadette Cole (Mrs) at the Celtel/Media Award Ceremony organized by her Commission with leading mobile phone company, Celtel as the principal sponsor.

Mrs. Cole revealed that the money will be used to establish a website for the Commission and to set up its Local Area Network which is meant to further bolster the its capacity.

She promised the British envoy, Richard Hogg that the money will be used for the purpose for which it was given.

While she explained that the Commission is not only there to promote the interest of the media and also that of the public, Mrs. Cole maintained that her Commission is an independent body that encourages media practitioners to improve on journalism in the country.

President of Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said his organization will make sure that journalists cross-check their stories before they are published.

He also maintained that his association will ensure that journalists are trained and encouraged to specialize in financial reporting.

Link to allAfrica.com