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For the first time in Sierra Leone’s recent history, the 2012 election will have no direct intervention from the UN peacekeeping mission. Without international oversight the election process is unpredictable and violence and political instability are likely.
JHR has a strong track record in Sierra Leone. During the 2008 election, JHR’s staff was praised by Ibrahim Seibureh, Editor in Chief of national daily the Concord Times, with keeping the tone of election coverage balanced and fair, as well as by international elections observers and other actors. The result was a bloodless transfer of power for the first time in Sierra Leone’s post-war history.
On October 1st Journalists for Human Rights launched the Sierra Leone Election Drive to raise awareness of the upcoming presidential elections in Sierra Leone and to raise funds to continue JHR’s journalist training programs in the country.
To view JHR’s short video about the need to keep elections coverage balanced in Sierra Leone, or to find out more information about the campaign, please visit http://www.jhr.ca/en/sled.php