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The Sierra Leone Media's Struggle for Survival

Written By: Kakuna Kerina, Matthew Leone & David Tam-Baryoh

Table of Contents

Part I: Summary of Recent Events and Parties Impacting the Media in Sierra Leone

Media Coverage of Sierra Leone and its Impact

The All People's Congress (APC) and the Onset of the War

National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC)

President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah and the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)

The Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) and the RUF Alliance

The "Second Coming:" The Return of the Kabbah Government

Journalists Tried for Treasonable Offenses During the AFRC/RUF Regime

The United Nations and the United Nations Observer Mission (UNOMSIL)

Restricting the Diamond Trade

The Lomé Peace Accord

The Independent Media Bill, No. 99, of 1999

Part II: The International League for Human Rights' Policy Recommendations to Achieve a Sustainable Peace in Sierra Leone

Recommendation 1: Future Aid Must be Conditional on Press Freedom; Local Journalists Must be Trained and Supported

Recommendation 2: Full Support of a Multinational UN Force that Will Protect Civilians and Ensure that Hostages are Released and Disarmament Begins Immediately

Recommendation 3: Distribute Foreign/International Aid Directly to Local NGOs

Recommendation 4: Support an International Commission of Inquiry to Investigate War Crimes and Human Rights Violations

Recommendation 5: Pay Special Attention to the Needs of Children

Recommendation 6: Provide Vocational Training for Amputee Victims

Recommendation 7: Restricting the Illicit Diamond and Arms Trade That Funded the War in Sierra Leone, And Other Conflicts in the Region

Recommendation 8: Foreign Policy towards Africa

Part III: Press Freedom Violations

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