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Media advocate Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai receives death threats after criticising government

(MFWA/IFEX) - Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai, the executive director of Society for Democratic Initiatives (SDI), a Sierra Leone media advocacy organisation, received death threats on 6 February 2009 over his alleged criticism of the ruling All People's Congress (APC) government.

According to an MFWA source, the anonymous person accused Abdulai of giving opponents of the government the platform, to "preach hate politics" on his online Freedom of Information Forum.

In an e-mail communication headlined: "BE WARNED," the writer threatened, "you have the alternative to either close that forum or we will force you to close it."

In an interview, Abdulai told MFWA that he had received several death threats since his organisation released a report that criticized the government for reneging on its campaign promise to widen the space for media freedom.

The executive director, who is also a legal practitioner, said he had suffered two robbery attacks in less than two months, making him feel insecure in the country.

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