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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.
The University of Sierra Leone and Njala University are two of the main universities in the country. It has been said that the lack of textbooks available hinders the learning of the students. Due to the lack of funding available for public libraries, the availability of books is poor meaning that people are gradually losing their reading habits.
The printing industry in Sierra Leone was established in the 19th century. Today the government printers, which were the first printing press in the country, publish government materials and some commercial publications from the private sector. Some printing presses worthy of note include Commercial Printing Company (CPC), Atlantic Printers and Bunumbu. There are printing units available at the national military headquarters, the Bank of Sierra Leone and Njala University College (NUC) which are involved in printing school textbooks and exercise books to help reduce the need to import. The Sierra Leone Association of Printers is the sectoral body for the printing industry and was formed in 1992.
|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)||