Africa

Liberia profile - Media

  • 14 March 2012
  • From the section Africa
Newspaper vendor in Monrovia
Image caption Liberia introduced the region's first freedom of information law

Years of civil war left Liberia's media with the task of rebuilding. Many outlets still rely on financial support from politicians or international donors.

State-run LBS operates Radio Liberia. China has helped to renovate its transmission infrastructure. The private broadcasting scene includes some 15 radios and a handful of TV stations in the capital. Around a dozen newspapers publish regularly.

In 2010, Liberia enacted West Africa's first freedom of information law. However, large fines imposed in libel cases have encouraged self-censorship, reports US-based Freedom House.

BBC World Service broadcasts in Monrovia on 103 FM.

There were 191,000 internet users by 2014 (Internetlivestats.com).

Press

Television

  • Clar TV - private
  • Power TV - private
  • DC TV - private
  • Real TV - private

Radio

  • Liberian Broadcasting System (LBS) - state-run
  • Star Radio - operated in partnership with Swiss-based Hirondelle Foundation
  • UNMIL Radio - operated by United Nations mission
  • ELWA - Christian
  • Sky FM - private