The President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Ahmed Sahid Nasralla, has described the loss of Radio Tombo to a recent fire accident as a huge blow to the media, the people’s right to information, and to democracy in Sierra Leone; and appealed to the Government, international partners and well-meaning individuals who believe in democracy to come to the rescue of the afflicted radio as a matter of urgency.
“This is a huge loss to not only the media but also to the people of Tombo and the Peninsula communities who rely on the radio for information on issues that affect their lives,” said Nasralla.
Radio Tombo (Voice of the Peninsula Mountains 96.1 FM), is the first community radio station in Sierra Leone, established in 1997 during the civil war in Sierra Leone; even before the establishment of media regulatory bodies: Independent Media Commission (IMC) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM).
Tombo is a fishing community very close to Freetown but is disadvantaged by its topography, which impedes radio reception/signal from Freetown. The station has been the mouthpiece of the community and its neighboring fishing communities.