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NN’s Wade Williams on Ebola in Liberia for The New York Times

By Wade Williams

MONROVIA, Liberia — LIBERIANS have begun calling the days between July 27 and Aug. 3 “the dark week” — 173 new Ebola virus cases and 94 new deaths. How much darker things may get is anybody’s guess. In Johnsonville, a … More

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New Narratives Reporters Profiled in Valerie Magazine

By Clair MacDougall

After the War, Liberian Women Fight for a New Future MONROVIA, Liberia—As a feminist and reporter based in West Africa, I was drawn to Liberia by the promise of women, who played a significant role in rebuilding a nation left … 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

By Internews

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

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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 Executive Director Prue Clarke argues aid world undercuts development by ignoring media

By Prue Clarke

By not supporting local media, the donor world fails to engage local populations in the development process and give them the information they need to drive change themselves.  By Prue Clarke, Executive Director, New Narratives – Africans Reporting Africa. | … More

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NN’s Mae Azango on her time in hiding after reporting on FGC

By Mae Azango

One would never know how real or powerful fear is unless he or she experiences it. I lived with fear for over three weeks after I did a story on female genital cutting that was published on March 8, 2012.  … More

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NN’s Wade Williams on Liberia’s Entrepreneur Women

By Wade Williams

  MONROVIA, Liberia — On the outskirts of this capital city, Martha Partor runs what passes for a food processing business in this war-weary west African nation. It’s not high tech or big business. She packages local agricultural items such … More

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NN’s Mae Azango in Foreign Policy magazine

By Mae Azango (with the Pulitzer Center)

Labor Pains In the midst of a civil war, becoming a mother was its own battle. Melinda Gates has me thinking about the time I became a mother. When the Gates Foundation co-chair recently said that improving family planning for the global … More

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NN’s Tecee Boley and Joanna Devane on Liberian Reaction to Taylor Verdict for Global Post

By Joanna Devane and Tecee Boley

Charles Taylor guilty: Liberians have mixed reactions In Monrovia, some Liberians denounce Taylor’s conviction, others welcome it. By Joanna Devane and Tecee Boley April 26, 2012 12:48 In Freetown, Sierra Leone, Mohamed Traore, one of the amputees of the civil … More

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NN’s Robtel Pailey interviews Charles Taylor’s daughter for The Daily Beast

By Robtel Pailey

War Criminal Charles Taylor’s Daughter Defends Her Dad Apr 27, 2012 4:45 AM EDT This week, former Liberian President Charles Taylor was convicted of aiding and abetting war crimes in Sierra Leone. His daughter watched the U.N. tribunal in The … More

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NN’s Tecee Boley Featured on PBS Newshour on Liberia’s Clean Water Problems

By Steven Sapienza - The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

Radio journalist Tecee Boley’s investigations on the water crisis in Liberia is featured in this PBS report. For full transcript of the show click here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/globalhealth/jan-june12/africawater_04-25.html

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Liberian President Faces Tough Second Term

By Wade Williams

By NN fellow and FrontPage Africa editor Wade Williams MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will be sworn in for her second term this Monday but the 73-year-old Nobel laureate begins her six-year term under a heavy cloud. … More

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By New Narratives Country Director, Emily Schmall

Photo by NN photography coach Glenna Gordon MONROVIA, Liberia — Election officials announced on Thursday that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s only female president, had been re-elected by an overwhelming margin this week in a runoff vote that was marred by an … More

Liberians line up to vote in the presidential, senatorial and legislative elections on October 11, 2011 at a polling station in Monrovia. Around 1.8 million Liberians were eligible to vote in the second election since the end of a 14-year civil war. The elections are seen as a litmus test of the west African nation's fragile democracy. (Issouf Sanogo /AFP/Getty Images)Read Watch Listen

Despite rain, Liberians turn out in huge numbers to vote

By New Narratives team in Liberia

In West Point, a shantytown community on the edge of the Atlantic, dozens of people endured long lines and the pouring rain to vote in this country’s second presidential elections since the end of 14 years of civil war. Frances … More

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she hopes for a peaceful outcome in Liberia's runoff election on November 8. She spoke to a crowd of supporters on October 15, 2011 outside offices of her party on the outskirts of Monrovia that had been set alight overnight in a suspected arson attack. (Glenna Gordon /AFP/Getty Images)Read Watch Listen

Obstacles cleared for Liberia’s runoff poll

By Mae Azango and Wade Williams

Liberia is looking anxiously toward the country’s Nov. 8 runoff election between President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and challenger Winston Tubman. Tubman had threatened to boycott the poll, charging that the director of the National Election Commission had rigged the first-round results … More

Former Liberian warlord and current senator Prince Johnson in his home in Monrovia on June 26, 2009. (Glenna Gordon/AFP/Getty Images)Read Watch Listen

Is former warlord Prince Johnson fit to rule?

By Mae Azango and Wade Williams

Surrounded by bodyguards, Prince Yormie Johnson swaggers with confidence toward a meeting hut in the center of his large Monrovia compound, decorated with brass figurines and farm animals. The Liberian senator and former warlord is among the 16 candidates vying … More

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Johnson Sirleaf runs for re-election

Wade Williams, Mae Azango

Just days before winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stood on a makeshift stage at the jam-packed Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia. She launched into a rousing campaign song. Singing “Ellen’s got the Mansion Key” to … More

Liberia suffers from ritual killings during political campaigns. Experts say women and babies are at risk. Here a newborn baby is safe in a hospital, wrapped in traditional Liberian fabric on December 4, 2008. (Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images)Read Watch Listen

Liberia’s elections, ritual killings and cannibalism

Emily Schmall, Wade Williams

MONROVIA, Liberia — The pregnant woman was found dead in the shallows of Lake Shepherd. The fetus had been removed. A candidate for Liberia’s Senate and a former county attorney are among those standing trial for the 2009 murder, the … More

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Jumpstarting Liberia’s rubber industry

Emily Schmall and Wade Williams

BUCHANAN, Liberia — The sun is high over the Buchanan Renewables nursery, a green expanse of 400,000 tiny seedlings. Theresa Doe hunches over one seedling, grafting a Malaysian clone that will produce a high-yielding rubber tree. “It’s my living,” she … More