Sierra Leone’s Tourism Ministry has launched a campaign to discourage the online publication of negative news about the country.Tourism Minister, Memunatu Pratt, on Thursday urged the media to join the campaign which she said is aimed at preventing publication of information with the tendency to damage the image of the country.
“Negative news on social media is destroying the image of the country such that it is scaring tourists away,” said the Minister.
She said Sierra Leoneans should do the opposite.
The authorities are particularly concerned about the proliferation of the new media and its effect on citizen journalism which has provided an avenue for the dissemination of all sorts of information.
It has particularly encouraged the phenomenon known as fake news which heightened during the general elections in March.