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NN Executive Director Shortlisted for Australian Social Innovation Award

New Narratives is delighted our Co-founder and Executive Director Prue Clarke has been shortlisted for the Advance Global Australian Social Innovation award recognizing her work with us. The Awards celebrate Australians and alumni from Australian universities living overseas who exhibit … More

Hannah Toe, 24, in the 12th grade at Cestos High School, got pregnant at 17 and left school for a few years to take care of her baby.Read Watch Listen

Teen Pregnancy and Bush Schools Hurting Efforts to Educate Girls

By Mae Azango with photos by Chase Walker

Cestos City – Hannah Toe is in the twelfth grade class at Cestos High School in rural Rivercess County. She looks youthful with cornrows and a red flower headband in her hair matching her ruffled top, but she is 24 … More

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Liberia Schools Crisis: Unfit Buildings and No Books Leave Children Behind

By Mae Azango with photos by Chase Walker

Cestos City – Twelve-year-old Baby Girl Yarkah is in the first grade and attends the Upper Timbo Community School in Little Liberia, Rivercess County. She shares a small chair with another girl because there are not enough seats to accommodate … More

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Liberia Education Crisis: A 3-part series reveals schools in chaos

By Mae Azango with photos by Chase Walker

Cestos City – Students in Rivercess County are learning less than half of the curriculum each semester because of untrained teachers and a broken pay system that forces teachers to abandon schools for days, even weeks at a time. The … More

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FreeRodney.org Site Launched with Petition Demanding Editor’s Release

Supporters of FrontPage Africa editor-in-chief Rodney Sieh have launched a website demanding his immediate release. Please find a petition on the site. FrontPage Africa is New Narratives’ major partner in Liberia and has worked with us on a range of … More

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Jailed for Journalism: FrontPage Africa Editor in The New York Times

By Rodney Sieh

MONROVIA, Liberia — IT’S not uncommon in African countries like Zimbabwe and Ethiopia for newspapers to be shut, and their editors jailed. But the newspaper I edit doesn’t operate in a dictatorship. We are in Liberia, the West’s poster child for … More

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NN’s Robtel Pailey named to Top 99 Foreign Policy Professionals Under 33

WASHINGTON, DC:  The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy are pleased to announce that Robtel Pailey, Opinion Columnist with New Narratives, has been recognized on the 2013 “99 Under 33,” an international list noting the most influential foreign … More

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NN’s Wade Williams Wins German Development Prize for Africa

NN is very proud of fellow and FrontPage Africa Newsroom Chief Wade William who capped a brilliant year last night by winning the German Media Development Prize for Africa at a ceremony in Berlin – on her birthday! The win … More

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In Liberia, silencing press critics through libel lawsuits

By Emily Schmall and Aaron Leaf

From NN executive: We are reposting this article from July 2011 in light of the Liberian Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the $1.5m libel verdict against FrontPage Africa. During Liberia’s 14-year civil war, the press was silenced through violence. … More

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NN’s Rodney Sieh Spells Out the No Bribe Policy at FrontPage Africa Newspaper

By Emily Schmall - NN Country Director

Paying Off – The problem of bribes in the Liberian press After two civil wars, Liberian journalists are enjoying unprecedented freedoms but struggling to maintain independence. The business of news is not yet financially viable there: the media market is oversaturated, … More

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NN’s Mae Azango profiled by Internews for UNESCO World Press Freedom Forum in Costa Rica

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A Fierce Champion for Women Braves Death Threats and Job Loss She has a broad smile and open, friendly face. But Liberian journalist Mae Azango has the fierce and courageous heart of a warrior. Although she has received death threats … More

Health workers here say the most frustrating part is that Pewee’s illness and likely death were entirely preventable. Pewee, like so many babies in Liberia, is suffering from severe malnutrition simply because of false beliefs on breastfeeding. Pewee’s mother Zennah has been told that breast milk is best for her child, but she says she stopped breastfeeding him when she resumed sex with her husband two months after the birth.Read Watch Listen

Breastfeeding Myths: Liberia in Top 5 for Baby Deaths, ‘Difficult Problems’ linger

By Tecee Boley and Kara Freedman

Forkpah Town, Clay Ashland,  Tiny Pewee Wamah  tries  to hold the piece of boiled cassava his mother hands to him, but his tiny trembling hands soon let go and the cassava falls to the bright red earth. The 14-month-old baby … More

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Students in class at the Monrovia Elementary Demonstration School in June. Can the war against corruption in Liberia be won by instilling moral values in its children?Read Watch Listen

NN’s Robtel Pailey makes The New York Times with her piece on Children’s Role in Changing a Culture of Corruption

By Robtel Pailey in collaboration with New Narratives

MONROVIA, Liberia — I remember the first time I stared corruption in the face. It was 2010, and I was chairwoman of a Liberian government committee responsible for reforming the awarding of international scholarships. We discovered that a group of … More

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NN’s Wade Williams Wins Journalist of the Year

New Narratives fellow and FrontPage Africa newsroom chief Wade Williams has been awarded the prestigious Journalist of the Year award at Liberia’s annual media awards. Wade is only the second woman to win the award. The UN’s Eva Flomo won … More

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Editor Rodney Sieh Talks About His Groundbreaking Paper FrontPage Africa

This video was produced by Multimedia Photography and Design graduate students Jessica Suarez, Jim Tuttle and Kristina Subsara as part of freerodney.org  

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Lawless Liberia: Legal Failure Renews Global Calls For Female Genital Cut Law

By Tecee Boley

The case of Ruth Berry Peal has prompted renewed calls from anti-FGC activists for the Liberian government to join that 24 other African countries that have passed laws that specifically make female genital cutting illegal. No such law exists in … More

Ruth Berry Peal (right) and her lawyer H. Dedeh Wilson after their Supreme Court victory making her the first woman to win a conviction for female genital cutting in LiberiaRead Watch Listen

Living in Fear: After Liberia’s First FGC Conviction, Victim Still Harassed, Haunted

By Tecee Boley

In January this year Ruth Berry Peal and her family thought their three year ordeal was over. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that made the Bomi mother-of-eight the first woman in Liberia to win a conviction for … More

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NN’s Wade Williams at UN luncheon in New York City featuring Jeffrey Sachs

NN’s Wade Williams of FrontPage Africa speaks at a UN luncheon in New York City featuring Jeffrey Sachs during her Dag Hammarskjold fellowship. Hear speech here.  From Dag Hammarskjold Fund for Journalists release: 2012 Annual Luncheon JEFFREY SACHS HONORED BY … More

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Liberia’s Education Crisis: Water & Sanitation Problems Driving Children From School

By Tecee Boley

Monrovia – Ah… O Say…! Ah… O Say…! (Battle Cry) We will make sure water and sanitation issues are addressed on this campus!”, Sarta S. Bawoh yells a battle cry as her followers answer, “say!” (Read original piece in FrontPage … More

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NN Reporting Prompts Govt to Announce Elimination of Female Genital Cutting Day

In the wake of the international uproar prompted by death threats against NN Country Manager Mae Azango, the Liberian government has taken the unprecedented step of announcing February 6 will be “Intensifying Efforts for Elimination of Female Genital Cutting” Day. … More

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Rapists’ Nation? Rape Still Stalking Liberia’s Kids; 1 in 10 Victims Age 5 And Under

By Tecee Boley

“The boy is my neighbor’s son,” says the grandmother. “We eat and play together. They came to me begging I agreed not to go to court. That court thing can waste time and money. I just want my little girl … More