PRESS FREEDOM – A CASE STUDY OF LIBERIA
According to RSF, disinformation keeps on spreading in sub-Saharan Africa. In countries plagued by conflicts and security threats, governments treat the media as propaganda tools. It also noted that the military governments of Mali had 113th and Burkina Faso with 58th points.
Although the situation is now classified as “difficult” in nearly 40% of countries (versus 33% in 2022), some improvements were seen in countries such as Niger (61st), where a cybercrime law used to imprison journalists was amended in June 2022.
Since the mid-2000s, the political stability that flourished in the aftermath of the Liberian civil war has favoured the growth of the press. Nevertheless, attacks on journalists continue with complete impunity.
Musa Kenneth Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia speaks to WADR on this edition of Weekly Top News.