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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 teams with Thomson Reuters for 3-year Oil Reporting Program

New Narratives is delighted to announce it has partnered with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the corporate charity of Thomson Reuters to run a project that supports Liberian journalists and news organizations to cover the country’s oil industry. The project will run … More

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A Bruising Battle and Important Win for African News Media by NN’s Rodney Sieh of FrontPage Africa

For the first time in Liberia a news outlet has built up enough credibility and trust that Liberians were willing to rise up to defend it. Perhaps I’ll be able to laugh one day when I look back at my … More

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NN’s Robtel Pailey on High Level Panel at Ibrahim Forum

NN’s Robtel Pailey joined a panel on Safety & Rule of Law with some of Africa’s heavyweights, as part of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Forum, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Panelists included: Dr. Salid Ahmed Salim, former chair of the … 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.

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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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

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.

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

NN's Wade Williams Wins Journalist of the Year

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

Ruth Berry Peal remains separated from her family despite her historic victory as the first woman to win a conviction for forced female genital cutting

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 Liberia

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 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

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NN’s Robtel Pailey and Chase Walker Release Children’s Book on Corruption

Robtel Pailey, opinion columnist for NN and FrontPage Africa, has teamed up with NN’s photographer and FrontPage graphic designer Chase Walker, to produce a groundbreaking book designed to teach children about corruption. “Gbagba” is the story of Sundaymah and Sundaygar, two … More

Mae delivers her acceptance speech at the 2012 Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Press Freedom Awards gala in New York.

Mae Azango’s Acceptance Speech at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Awards

“Ladies and Gentlemen. This is my shortest speech ever, because I can talk non-stop for hours without knowing it, but I will try my best to keep it short and simple, (KISS) as journalism requires. Please see video of speech here … 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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The Negro Clause in Liberia’s Constitution Is Not Racist; It Is Protectionary

By Robtel Pailey

  There is a subculture in Liberia that, though highly visible and active, is almost never discussed – like an unacknowledged elephant in the room. (See original post here.) It consists of Lebanese businessmen and their families who started migrating to … More