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November 7, 2014

In Sierra Leone, journalist imprisoned after criticizing president

A journalist in Sierra Leone has been imprisoned after criticising President Ernest Bai Koroma's handling of the Ebola outbreak, according to news reports and local journalists. David Tam Baryoh was arrested on Monday. Baryoh, host of the popular weekly "Monologue" radio programme aired on the independent Citizen FM, was arrested in his office by police who did not have a warrant, according to news reports and local journalists. Baryoh was initially detained overnight at the Police Criminal... MORE
March 13, 2014

Two journalists discharged in return for guilty plea on one count

The Freetown high court has cautioned and discharged Independent Observer managing editor Jonathan Leigh and editor Bai Bai Sesay after pressuring them into pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to defame the president. “Sierra Leone’s justice system took more than ten hearings to drop this case (on March 10),” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “The judge’s decision to discharge the journalists ends a six-month-long ordeal but their being... MORE
June 16, 2011

Sierra Leone journalist murdered; suspects in custody

Police in Sierra Leone have arrested three suspects, including a police officer, for the killing of a reporter this Sunday during violent clashes over a land dispute on the outskirts of the capital, Freetown, according to local journalists. Ibrahim Foday , 38, a reporter at the private daily newspaper The Exclusive , was beaten and stabbed by assailants during an outbreak of violence between neighboring villages Kossoh and Grafton, 25 km southeast of the capital, Freetown, according to Sierra... MORE
March 6, 2011

Newspaper faces criminal prosecution in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has condemned threats by the country's authorities to prosecute Sylvia Olayinka Blyden , publisher of Awareness Times , a privately-owned Freetown-based newspaper, with the antiquated criminal libel law. According to SLAJ, the use of the seditious criminal libel law is illegal and a threat to media freedom and free expression. The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) correspondent reported that the SLAJ condemnation followed a February 22... MORE