West Africa - Reports
Political parties' compliance with proactive disclosure of information during 2011 fared lower in comparison to the 2005 elections.
Speaking at the launch of the report, CEMESP Executive Director Malcolm Joseph regretted that 2011 proved to be a "rather sad" year for free speech in Liberia.
In a new report, MRA highlights key observations from its monitoring of the implementation of the act over the past year and makes recommendations for improved levels of compliance with its provisions.
RSF examines the first quarter of 2012, turning the spotlight on one of the most dangerous countries in Africa for journalists.
ARTICLE 19 has found significant flaws in the laws regulating the media and free speech in the country, as well as persistent harassment and intimidation of journalists and human rights defenders.
The submission outlines areas where the country has failed to meet its legal obligations to protect freedom of expression.
ARTICLE 19 notes that only a few freedom of expression issues have been addressed during the first cycle of the UPR.
"The nationwide chaos and ensuing grave problems have dealt a serious setback to press freedom," RSF said.
ARTICLE 19 outlines the major legal developments relating to freedom of expression and information in West and Central African countries.
The quick arrest and prosecution of a man who assaulted three journalists outside their newspaper's office in the capital Dakar last month serves as an instructive contrast between the handling of an ordinary crime and the handling of abuses against journalists in the line of duty - cases which are usually politicised, stalled, or both.
This is the fourth of such reports, and comes at a crucial point in Liberian history, when there is a great need for news that is impartial, fair and independent.
For the thirteen years that MFWA has been monitoring attacks on free expression in West Africa, 2009 was the most regrettable.
The state of the Liberian media in 2009 is a far cry from the freedom of expression heralded by President Sirleaf at her inauguration in 2006, says CEMESP.