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. Nonetheless, anyone involved in a “seditious libel” case is liable to be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. 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 journalist Sam Lahai was arrested in July 2016 on a charge of defaming a government minister on social networks and was held for two days, until finally released on bail. Sierra Leone is due to hold general elections on 7th March 2018.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



83 in 2016

Global score


29.94 in 2016

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