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Ebola epidemic affects press freedom in West Africa

  A recently released report by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), “Ebola and Freedom of Expression in West Africa”, covers an overlooked challenge of the Ebola outbreak: the dissemination of accurate and fair information about the disease through the media. As the report notes: “[T]he nature of the disease itself imposes massive restrictions […]

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Sierra Leone urged to drop case against journalists

The International Press Institute (IPI) today urged Sierra Leone’s government to drop all seditious libel charges against the editor and publisher of a Freetown newspaper. Independent Observer publisher Jonathan Leigh and chief editor Bai Bai Sesay were arrested on Oct. 18, 2013 and are due to return to court on Wednesday for publishing a commentary […]

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The human thing to do in Sierra Leone libel case

Within hours of publishing a column describing President Ernest Bai Koroma’s behaviour to that of a rat, the two top editors of the Independent Observer in Sierra Leone were behind bars, accused of libel and sedition. Despite printing an apology to the president on Nov. 11, publisher Jonathan Leigh and chief editor Bai Bai Sesay […]

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African media leaders urged to stand up to government pressure

The International Press Institute (IPI) today urged African media leaders who are gathering in Ethiopia this week to unite in defending news organisations from government interference, including the use of anti-terrorism laws to suppress independent reporting. The African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) is taking place in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa from Nov. 6-8, […]

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