One of West Africa’s most damaged countries is undergoing a relatively peaceful democratic transition, under the watchful eye of the international community. But roaming child soldiers, endemic poverty, criminals still at large and profiteers of every stripe remain a threat. Independent journalists are on occasion under threat of political and public violence.
Between the two rounds of the presidential elections in October and November, journalists who had taken a critical line with one candidate, George Weah, were attacked by uncontrolled militants of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). The party leadership’s humble apologies have however allowed a return of a semblance of confidence.