The Deputy Minister of Information and Civic Education, Yusuf Keketoma Sandi Esq has stated that no amount of abuse would prevent him from discharging his duties with candour, humility, honesty and fearlessness.

He made this statement as he officially opened the technical conference on Media Governance, Media Management, Media Digitization and Ethics organized by the Independent Media Commission to train journalists across the country.

Speaking on media ethics, Keketoma Sandi said that the media played a vital role in our democracy and if we couldn’t depend on journalistic ethics the nation would be in trouble. He added: “It is my strongest conviction that sometimes the platform created by the media for free speech can be hijacked by unethical, indecent and vulgar people thereby undermining the credibility of media platforms.”

“Nobody in public service deserves to be subjected to vulgarity. Whether that was done with a political motive or otherwise, it showed that sometimes safeguarding the ethical standard on media platforms goes outside the control of journalists,” the Deputy Minister stated.

The Deputy Minister also reaffirmed Government commitment to work with IMC, SLAJ and other stakeholders to review and strengthen the existing governance and management requirements for media institutions.

It could be recalled that on Monday this week the Deputy Minister was hosted on the African Young Voices Radio show, Back to Base, hosted by Mamaja Jalloh (D.J Base) where an unidentified caller phoned in during the show to abuse the Deputy Minister’s mother.