Even though the Liberian Constitution guarantees freedom of the press, the press has long been tightly controlled in Liberia. Journalists have certainly faced detention and violence in recent years. Freedom of the press briefly was experienced during President Sawyer's transitional government. In recent history, Liberia's previous president, Charles Taylor declared in 2000 a "cyberwar" against his country, and shut down two radio stations, one of which was owned by the Roman Catholic Church (http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,35016,00.html).
For a recent overview of the situation facing the press, see the Ijnet International Center for Journalists (http://www.ijnet.org/FE_Article/countryoverview.asp?CountryID=33&UILang=1). Also included is the Liberian journalists' Code of Ethics (http://www.ijnet.org/Director.aspx?P=Ethics&ID=8328).
On the other hand, there have been some attempts to increase communications outlets to further development in the country.
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