The Nature of the Liberian Press
Press in the First Republic
There was some degree of press freedom under this provision until the administration of President Charles D.B. King when the National Legislature passed an anti-press freedom law on February 8, 1924 making it a criminal libel for:
publication was still guilty of libel.”
The Revolutionary Press
When the Daily Observer captured the market within the first three months of its existence, other papers that were weak began folding up because of a dramatic switch of readership to a better-looking and well-edited paper.
Joe S. Kappia is a former Features Editor for the Daily Observer. He is a former English teacher at Ganta Methodist School and Monrovia Central High School. He is a graduate of Teachers College at the University of Liberia. Kappia holds a Master of Science degree in mass communication (1989) and a Master of Arts degree in school administration and supervision (2008) from San Jose State University in California. He currently teaches English at Abraham Lincoln High School for San Jose Unified School District in California. This article is an excerpt from his master’s thesis “Developmental and Political News Coverage in the Liberian Press.”