Liberia Is Working Toward a Truly Free Press
The West African country has long been known for strict libel and defamation laws that have punished journalists for their coverage. But an increasingly vocal civil society has emerged and aims to repeal those rules, pressuring newly inaugurated President George Weah to deliver on campaign commitments to media freedom. It appears to be working: Currently, there are no jailed journalists in Liberia. Meanwhile, efforts to silence reporters are being documented through a media alert program, while journalists themselves are being held accountable by a new National Media Council.