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Misleading

FACT-CHECKED

by SLAJ |

No, the claim that the Sierra Leone Petroleum Dealers have threatened disruptions over new Toll Gate Charges is misleading.

SLAJ-iVerify has fact-checked a Sierra Loaded report that claims “Sierra Leone Petroleum Dealers threaten disruptions over new Toll Gate Charges” and found it to be misleading. The Sierra Leone Petroleum Dealers & Transporter Union (SLPDTU) Secretary General, Osman Jalloh told SLAJ-iVerify that they have no plan to disrupt operation over the increase in the Toll Gate charges between the Wellington and Masiaka highway.

Claim

Sierra Leone Petroleum Dealers Threaten Disruptions Over New Toll Gate Charges.

Rating Justification

In one of its publications on May 12, Sierra Loaded published a story entitled: “Sierra Leone Petroleum Dealers Threaten Disruptions Over New Toll Gate Charges.” SLAJ-iVerify has fact-checked the story
and found it to be misleading.

We contacted Sierra Leone Petroleum Dealers Trade Union. The Union admitted it published a press statement on the 10th of May, highlighting issues relating to the new toll gate charges and regulation of the petroleum sector, but it did not threaten any disruption.

SLAJ-iVerify also read the full story published by Sierra Loaded and the press release.

In the body of its publication, SLAJ-iVerify found out that Sierra Loaded mentioned the issues raised in the press release, but the title/headline of the publication did not reflect the view of the union, making the publication misleading.

Evidence and References

Osman Jalloh, Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Petroleum Dealers Union

SLPDTU press release, dated 10th May, 2024.