Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Free not to make waves

Sierra Leone’s media are pluralist and independent. Community radio stations, which reach a significant part of the population, broadcast without restriction. The new president has promised to repeal provisions in a 1965 public order law for sentences of up to seven years in prison for “seditious libel.” During the 2014-2016 state of emergency resulting from the Ebola epidemic, the threat of defamation charges was widely used to gag the media, forcing journalists to censor themselves or in some cases even go into hiding. The editors of three leading newspapers were taken to court in September 2017 on charges of seditious and criminal libel. The new president’s good intentions need to be translated quickly into concrete measures, including measures for the protection of journalists, who were often attacked by the police or by political activists in 2018, especially during the presidential election in March, when the Internet was disconnected.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



79 in 2018

Global score


29.98 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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