Liberia

Liberia

Press offense reform awaited

At his inauguration in January 2018, President Georges Weah offered hope of a new era for the media by promising to reinforce freedom of expression. But there is continuing uncertainty about the overhaul of certain draconian provisions in the 2010 law on freedom of information. Self-censorship is widespread, and the media avoid taboo subjects such as government corruption. Most outlets still lack financial autonomy and depend on government contracts or funding from politicians. The Press Union of Liberia is hoping for adoption of a proposed law decriminalizing press offenses, which is awaiting a vote by the House of Representatives.

89
in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+5

94 in 2017

Global score

-0.79

31.12 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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