On Saturday, November 17, Sierra Leone will hold its third national election since the end of the civil war. And while the war may be over, the risk of violence remains. Journalists for Human Rights has been working with media on the ground in Sierra Leone to help ensure responsible and transparent coverage of the election. Their presence there could mean the difference between a peaceful election or a return to violence.

After the election, we will publish commentary on the outcome, so check back with us after the 17th.

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What is At Stake?

On the Ground

The Tipping Point

Damon van der Linde on whether the election will be a tipping point into established democracy or renewed violence.

Watermelon Politics

Christina Stevens on the green versus red politics of Sierra Leone.

Interesting but Risky

Martha Kargbo on what it's like to be a journalist covering the election.

JHR's Role

Keeping Elections Free and Fair

JHR's Executive Director Rachel Pulfer on how her organization has helped promote fair, responsible, and balanced coverage of the election in Sierra Leone.

A History of Violence

In 1991, the Revolutionary United Front entered Sierra Leone, beginning a civil war that would last 11 years. Better understand the history of the country with this interactive timeline.

Outside Observers

Sparkle and Splinters

Rosalind Raddatz on why Sierra Leone’s resource wealth has yet to change its people’s fortunes.

Brave Reporting

Bob Press on the key role journalists play in defending democracy and human rights in Africa.

A Neighbour's Experience

One Eye on the Ballot

Ato Kwamena Dadzie reflects on experiences working on radio in Ghana.

Business as Usual?

Edward Akuffo on whether the upcoming elections in Ghana and Sierra Leone will mean actual change.

In the series

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The Tipping Point

Damon van der Linde on whether the election will be a tipping point into established democracy or renewed violence.
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Watermelon Politics

Christina Stevens on the green-versus-red politics of the Sierra Leone election.
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Interesting but Risky

Martha Kargbo on what it's like to be a journalist covering the election.
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Keeping Elections Free and Fair

JHR's Executive Director Rachel Pulfer on how her organization has helped promote balanced coverage of the election in Sierra Leone.
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Sparkle and Splinters

Rosalind Raddatz on why Sierra Leone’s resource wealth has yet to change its people’s fortunes.
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Brave Reporting

Bob Press on the key role journalists play in defending democracy and human rights in Africa.
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One Eye on the Ballot

Ato Kwamena Dadzie reflects on experiences working on radio in Ghana.

Business as Usual?

Edward Akuffo on whether or not the upcoming elections in Ghana and Sierra Leone will mean fundamental change.