Welcome to Media Reform Coordinating Group
A credible, economically viable and well-focused media in Sierra Leone.
To strengthen democratic dialogue and accountability, consolidate peace and ensure development through professional, independent and sustainable media based on the right to freedom of speech.
In May 2014 the MRCG-SLSL was formally launched by the Minister of Information and Communications, Alpha Kanu and the Minister of State in the Vice President’s office Madam Harriet Turay.
The genesis of the MRCG-SL comes from two years of consultation and study of the media landscape in the country. Following much detailed reporting on the state of the media, MRCG-SL produced the country’s first National Media Development Strategy. The document serves as the roadmap for the work of the MRCG-SL. The following parameters were defined in view of this long term vision.
The MRCG-SL will focus on 4 strategic Issues:
MRCG-SL’s mission is to strengthen democratic dialogue and accountability, consolidate peace and ensure development through professional, independent and sustainable media based on the right to freedom of speech.
More specifically the aims of the MRCG-SL are to improve the state of the media in Sierra Leone in all areas below.
Representatives of the constituent organizations of MRCG-SL serve as members of the Board of Directors, with Mr. Ransford S. C. Wright as the MRCG-SL Board Chairman / National coordinator since March 2015. The coordinator was appointed by the board of trustees and he is accountable to them. The Board of trustees comprises of the most important national media organizations in the country.
Currently, 18 members (two each) from the nine main national media organizations, constitute the board of trustees. The National Coordinator serves as Secretary to the Board. In 2015 and beyond, there will be room for more national media organizations to join. MRCG-SL will determine future composition of the organization.
There will be regional coordinators in the four regions of Sierra Leone. The current MRCG-SL membership is divided into sub-groups according to themes.
These themes include:
The Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG-SL) was established in 2014 in response to the need for coordination and reform in the media sector in Sierra Leone.
It’s members are senior representatives from the most important media actors in Sierra Leone which are the Independent Media Commission (IMC); the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC); Guild of Editors (GoE); Women in Media in Sierra Leone (WIMSAL); Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ); Sierra Leone Reporters Union (SLRU); Independent Radio Network (IRN); Cotton Tree News (CTN) and Mass Communications/Fourah Bay College.