Paul Kamara Esq, a barrister and lecturer at the University of Makeni has on the 11th of May, 2023 hosted year two Mass Communication students on a visit in Freetown aiming at enabling the students gain practical understanding of media law and ethics.
During the one day visit in Freetown, the students had the opportunity to interact with various organizations and individuals in the media industry. They visited the Sierra Leone Judiciary, where they learned about the role of the judiciary in upholding media freedom and protecting journalists. They also visited the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, where they learned about the challenges facing the journalism profession in the country.
The students also had a meeting with the Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG) and the Independent Media Commission (IMC). These organizations are responsible for regulating the media industry in Sierra Leone and ensuring that media practitioners adhere to ethical standards.
As part of the visit, the students had an exclusive public lecture with Mr Umaru Fofana, who is the BBC correspondent in Freetown. During the lecture, Mr Fofana shared his experiences as a journalist in Sierra Leone and discussed the importance of media ethics and professionalism.
Paul Kamara Esq, lecturer in charge of the training noted “The visit was a success, as the students were able to gain practical knowledge and insights into media law and ethics. The experience will undoubtedly help the students to become better media practitioners and contribute positively to the development of the media industry in Sierra Leone.”
He further expresses his thanks and appreciation to the Leadership of the Department of Mass Communication and faculty. “My depth of gratitude also extends to Senior Management who approved this much anticipated tour. ” He noted
The University of Makeni (formerly known as the Fatima Institute and often known as UNIMAK) is the first private, Catholic, university located in Makeni, Sierra Leone.
It was founded as the Fatima Institute on October 8, 2005, by the Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Makeni led by Reverend George Biguzzi (born 1936, Italy). In August 2009, it was granted university status and took its present name. Owned by the Diocese of Makeni, and the Bishop of Makeni is the university chancellor.