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Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Front Lines, 2015 Edition by Committee to Protect Journalists

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14. Amid Ebola Outbreak, West African Governments Try to Isolate Media

By Sue Valentine

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A man walks past a burial report including known Ebola cases at the Western area emergency response center in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on December 16, 2014.

Source: Reuters/Baz Ratner

On the first Saturday of November 2014, when media owner and broadcaster David Tam Baryoh switched on the mic for his weekly “Monologue” show on independent Citizen FM in Freetown, Sierra Leone, he had no idea that criticizing the government’s handling of Ebola would mean 11 days in jail.

The three West African countries in which the epidemic is concentrated—Guinea, Liberia, ...

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