The Independent Media Commission (IMC), the statutory media regulatory body on September 26, 2012 suspended for a month, three privately-owned newspapers for allegedly producing offensive publications. The newspapers namely Independent Observer, the Senator and Awareness Times will thus, not appear on newsstands from September 26 – October 26, 2012.
According to the Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) correspondent, the IMC’s decision to suspend the newspapers was “in respect of the recent spate of offensive publications carried by the newspapers. ”According to the correspondent, the IMC in a press release issued on September 26 stated that they decided to suspend with immediate effect, the three newspapers for breaching several sections of the IMC Code of Practice and Act, particularly Section 23.
The regulatory body also imposed a fine of two million Leones each (about $455,581) on the three newspapers which they are to pay before the expiration date of the suspension.
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