How regional radio put Sierra Leone on the right wavelength after unrest

Interrupted by two military coups and a civil war, Thomson Foundation’s three-year project to create four regional radio stations and train journalists to report rationally and truthfully in Sierra Leone continued once the country was considered relatively stable. A key task was to prepare the country’s media for general elections. Thanks to the radio stations, government activities were reported outside of the capital after years of absence and a parliamentary press gallery was established in the capital, Freetown.

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Sierra Leone


Department for International Development

Project start date


Project duration

Three years

Project budget



Media reform; Sierra Leone;

"There have been great developments and improvements in the media here, many of those inspired by the Thomson Foundation"

Derek Smith, British High Commission, Sierra Leone

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