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The book publishing sector in Sierra Leone is very small, though there are several news print and magazine publishers in the country. Few individuals and non-governmental organisations are engaged in book publishing (2004). Over 90% of academic, technical and reference books are imported due to the fact that domestic publishers do not have the capacity to publish them. There is a lack of educational materials, particularly for primary schools, as the majority of local authors direct their work at secondary schools. Overseas publishers, Longmans, Macmillan and Evans help to publish books, especially for elementary and secondary schools

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2012–13, Sierra Leone is placed 102 out of 144 countries with a score of 3.1 out of 7.0 for intellectual property protection. In comparison, bordering country Guinea is ranked 137 out of 144 countries with a score of 2.2 out of 7.0.

Rules and regulations that govern the print, electronic and advertising media industry of Sierra Leone are set out by the Media Code of Practice of the Independent Media Commission of Sierra Leone. The Independent Media Commission Act dictates that all newspaper and magazine publishers must be registered under the Act, and the registration must be renewed annually.

Printing and Publishing organisations in Sierra Leone
Independent Media Commission of Sierra Leone
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB)
New Citizen, The
Panos Institute of West Africa (PIWA)
Sierra Leone Association of Journalist (SLAJ)

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