CANCELED: Journalist on Trial: Book Talk with Rodney Sieh
This event has been canceled. Apologies for any inconvenience.African journalism is at a crossroads. While reporters are exposing corruption and falsehoods with a renewed vigor, they remain vulnerable to intimidation, physical violence, and arrest.
Rodney Sieh, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Liberia’s FrontPage Africa, has both unmasked government misdeeds and endured abuse for his reporting. He has covered the Liberian civil war and 1994 coup in The Gambia, and investigated issues ranging from corruption to female genital cutting. In 2013, he faced 5,000 years behind bars after his newspaper publicly exposed a government official’s corruption. Unable to pay over $2 million in libel damages and court costs, Sieh ultimately spent four months in Monrovia Central Prison. Reporters Without Borders named Sieh one of its Information Heroes of 2014.
Mr. Sieh has shared his experience through op-eds in prominent news outlets and, now, a memoir, Journalist on Trial. Alongside the recent arrests of journalists in Tanzania and Cameroon, his book is a reminder of ongoing threats to press freedom and safety in Africa.
Join the CSIS Africa Program for a discussion with Rodney Sieh on December 5, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at CSIS headquarters about his recent memoir, Journalist on Trial.
This event was made possible through support from CSIS.