Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Civic Education, Chernor Bah, denounced recent attacks against AYV journalist Amadu Lamrana Bah during a press conference on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024.

Bah has reportedly faced online harassment and threats from supporters of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) for his social media posts questioning the government’s actions. The harassment included attacks on his academic qualifications and accusations of bias towards the opposition party.

Minister Bah expressed his solidarity with Bah, stating, “I strongly condemn attacks on the Fourth Estate and I sympathize with Amadu Lamrana Bah of AYV who faced attacks for performing his duties.”

The Fourth Estate is a term used to describe the press as a vital check on government power. By condemning the attacks, Minister Bah is highlighting the importance of a free and independent press in Sierra Leone.

However, the Minister also emphasized the importance of “factual reporting and professionalism among journalists.” This suggests that while he defends journalists’ right to ask questions, he also expects them to adhere to journalistic ethics and accuracy.