IFJ Condemns Violent Attack on Journalist in Sierra Leone

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the attack on a female journalist in

Freetown, Sierra Leone.

"The continued

attacks on journalists in Sierra

Leone need to be addressed urgently by the

Government" said Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa Office. "These

attacks constitute a serious threat to the democratic ideals of the country and

must stop".

According to a

press release issued by the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ),

Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, publisher and proprietor of the Awareness Times newspaper, was attacked in the capital, Freetown on

January 27. She believes the attack was connected to the case being tried at the

High Court on which she had reported.

The association

said that Sylvia had expressed fear of an attack on her following articles she

published which were critical of the people involved in the case. She now fears

for her life and lives with a sense of a threat of death hanging over her head.

The IFJ stands

shoulder to shoulder with journalists in Sierra Leone who are victims of these

acts of violence and intimidation from individuals seeking to suppress the


"We expect a full and

immediate investigation into this attack so that those who are behind are identified

and held to account," added Baglo.

For more

information contact the IFJ at      + 221 33 867 95 87    

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide