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Sierra Leone: Press Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 51576, tabled on 20 September 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the degree of freedom from interference and harassment experienced by journalists and media outlets in Sierra Leone.

Answered on

29 September 2022

The UK commends the Government of Sierra Leone for joining the Media Freedom Coalition in 2021, which advocates for media freedom and the safety of journalists. The British High Commission in Freetown regularly raises freedom of expression with the Government of Sierra Leone and other stakeholders - most recently, officials raised concerns about the potential impact of new cyber security laws on freedom of speech and emphasised the importance of upholding the principles of the coalition across all types of media. The UK Government recognises the importance of media freedom in promoting democracy and works closely with the government, civil society and wider international community to promote these values.