Power and Press Freedom in Liberia, 1830-1970 tells the rich and sometimes heroic story of the press in Liberia, from 1830, when the first newspaper was established, to 1970, the nadir of government control of the media. Early newspapers were infused with a broad race consciousness, reflected in names like Africas Luminary, the African Watchman, and New Africa, which gave way to a specific nationalism at the turn of the last century, as the curtain of European colonization separated Liberians from the rest of the continent. Initially, newspapers featured biting social commentary and enjoyed wide latitude to criticize officials. But, increased foreign investments in the 1940s brought stringent restrictions and a rise in government ownership of the media.
- Publisher : Africa World Pr (January 15, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592212948
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592212941
- Item Weight : 1.16 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches