The evolution of media laws and regulations in Sierra Leone: impact on media growth and development

In light of the debate on an appropriate model for media regulation, the authors of this article examine the evolution of laws used over the years to regulate the media in Sierra Leone. The research focuses on three primary questions: (1) How have the media in Sierra Leone been regulated over the years? (2) What impact have the regulatory patterns had on the growth of the media in terms of numeric expansion and professional practice? (3) What model of media regulation will be effective in Sierra Leone in line with international best practice? The study finds that over the years, Sierra Leone has used both statutory and self-regulatory models. While international best practice appears to favour self-regulation, Sierra Leone’s regulatory system is mainly statutory, to the point that its Media Code of Practice, a supposedly voluntary regulatory instrument, relies on the force of law for its effectiveness. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]

Title: The evolution of media laws and regulations in Sierra Leone: impact on media growth and development
Author: Sowa, Francis
Year: 2016
Periodical: Journal of communication and media research (ISSN 2141-5277)
Volume: 8
Issue: 1
Pages: 141-158
Language: English
Geographic term: Sierra Leone
Abstract: In light of the debate on an appropriate model for media regulation, the authors of this article examine the evolution of laws used over the years to regulate the media in Sierra Leone. The research focuses on three primary questions: (1) How have the media in Sierra Leone been regulated over the years? (2) What impact have the regulatory patterns had on the growth of the media in terms of numeric expansion and professional practice? (3) What model of media regulation will be effective in Sierra Leone in line with international best practice? The study finds that over the years, Sierra Leone has used both statutory and self-regulatory models. While international best practice appears to favour self-regulation, Sierra Leone’s regulatory system is mainly statutory, to the point that its Media Code of Practice, a supposedly voluntary regulatory instrument, relies on the force of law for its effectiveness. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]