Sierra Leone`s anti-graft agency chief, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has tacitly criticized parliament for repeatedly questioning media practitioners over their reportage.


He was quoted on Friday as saying that parliament should be the last resort to invite journalists over their work.

Kamara was speaking in response to a question on this week`s incident when two senior journalists were summoned over their reportage on alleged conflict of interest involving a senior government minister.

This has been widely criticized, with the umbrella Sierra Leone Reporters Union calling it intimidation.

Kamara said while journalists were bound to err, they must not all the time be taken to parliament for those mistakes.

It is not a law that journalists will not be taken to parliament for questioning. Parliament has all rights to summon journalists for premature publications but it should be the last resort, the ACC was quoted by the Salone Times, whose editor was one of the journalists drilled by the House at the beginning of the week.

The questioning was over their controversial report which placed Information Minister Alpha Kanu on the spotlight for allegedly benefitting wrongly from billions of leones in plane ticket sales.