Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone needs to stop arbitrary arrests and detention of journalists, media workers and critics simply for exercising their right to freedom of expression online or offline.

Sierra Leone is located in West Africa with a population of 8 million. Its government is a presidential republic. The Sierra Leone Constitution Act No. 6 of 1991 guarantees the protection of freedom of expression and the press. The country is making progress in addressing issues of freedom of expression. However, Journalists and activists face arbitrary arrests and detentions for criticising and questioning authorities online and offline. The Independent Media Commission (IMC) Act 2020 empowers the IMC to shut down media houses on ambiguous grounds of “public interest”. This raises new concerns around censorship. In July 2019, the IMC issued an ultimatum to suspend 12 media houses for non-payment of fines.

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    Households with internet access in 2017

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    Individuals using internet in 2017

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    Fixed Broadband Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2017

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    Press Freedom Ranking in 2022

Upr cycle

Sierra Leone was last reviewed in April 2021.

Digital Rights and Free Expression Recommendations

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      Sierra Leone cluster

      The country clusters are a local working group in each Uproar target country made up of our partner organisations. The clusters are organised by local lead organisations, who then coordinate local civil society and human rights defenders with digital rights expertise to engage in national-level advocacy and campaigning.