Sierra Leone


Alerts   |   Sierra Leone

Media advocacy group receives death threats in Sierra Leone

New York, October 17, 2008--The director and a staff member of the Society for Democratic Initiatives (SDI), a Sierra Leone media advocacy group, say they are receiving death threats after publishing a report on press conditions late last month.

October 17, 2008 8:30 PM ET

Case   |   Sierra Leone

Opposition Radio ordered shut down

MAY 8, 2008

Posted June 6, 2008

Unity Radio

On May 8, 2008, the opposition-run Unity Radio station in Freetown was ordered shut down by the presidential press secretary, Sheka Tarawalie. Tarawalie said the station had installed an antenna that exceeded frequency regulations and was interfering with the airwaves of other radio stations. The station, however, was legally registered, and had not been banned from broadcasting by the Independent Media Commission.

May 8, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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CPJ Impact

May 2008
News from the Committee to Protect Journalists

Letters   |   Sierra Leone

CPJ calls on Sierra Leone to decriminalize libel laws

Dear Mr. President, We are writing to express our grave concern about the recent arrest of an editor and a publisher under criminal libel laws, despite your pledges to decriminalize libel cases in Sierra Leone.

March 17, 2008 12:00 PM ET


Case   |   Sierra Leone

Editor detained under defamation law

Editor detained under defamation law

FEBRUARY 11, 2008Posted February 27, 2008
Jonathan Leigh, The Independent Observer

Freetown police arrested and detained the managing editor of the private daily The Independent Observer on 15 February on criminal libel charges.

February 11, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Togo

Attacks on the Press 2007: Africa Analysis

When Press Freedom and Democracy Are Out of Step
By Tom Rhodes

Ballots may have replaced bullets in much of Africa since the dawn of this new century, but one of the great political ironies for at least part of the continent has been a loss of press freedom following the voting. Leaders in a large swath of sub-Saharan Africa have drawn approving nods from Western politicians for holding sometimes unprecedented elections. Three such countries are the Gambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Ethiopia. All have democratically elected presidents and Western support. Yet between them they hold the unenviable record of placing at or near the top of CPJ's 2007 list of the world's worst backsliders on press freedom.
February 5, 2008 12:10 PM ET
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