Africell, Sierra Leone’s leading Telecommunication provider has taken the lead once again to offer free website hosting for Newspapers in Sierra Leone who are already online.
Both the Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rahman Swarray and the President of Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Ahmed Sahid Nassralla, graced the unveiling ceremony.
Launching the web-hosting package, Africell Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Joe Abass Bangura explained that Africell has had a long relationship with the media in Sierra Leone and since the company exists years ago, they have been providing financial and technical support to both radio and newspapers all over the country.
He explicated that with the advent of social media, newspaper print circulation is losing its trend daily and said for newspapers to keep surviving it needs to liaise with the social media and that is, exactly what Africell is trying to offer.
Mr Bangura noted that Africell is launching a free web hosting support package to every newspaper in the country with an existing website effective from the date of launching, he urged print newspapers to be online to reach a wider readership and raise more revenue.
The hosting of the newspaper online, according to Joe Abass will be free of charge, but newspaper will offer a space to display Africell logo at the bottom of their online page.
Africell Chief Corporate Office clarified that web hosting is only for newspapers with an updated website, as the company will not provide a domain name for any newspaper.
The President of SLAJ, Ahmed Sahid Nasralla thanked Africell for creating the platform for media development. He gave statistics on how the internet is changing dimension in the country.
The Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed Rahman Swarray applauded Africell. He narrated his plans to develop the media landscape in Sierra Leone.