Liberia News Agency (LINA)

Liberia News Agency (LINA) is Liberia’s state-run news agency. It started to operate in 1978. The agency’s building was destroyed during the Liberian civil conflict that began in 1989, but renewed its operations in 2012.

Media assets

News agency: LINA

State Media Matrix Typology: State-Controlled (SC)

Ownership and governance

LINA’s top governing and management bodies (board of directors, chief executive officer and management) are appointed by the President, according to information from local experts and journalists.

Source of funding and budget

LINA is a state-owned company that is funded through the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. It received a state budget of US$ 423,000 for the fiscal year 2020-2021, according to budgetary documents from the Liberian government.

Editorial independence

As a government department located on the Ministry of Information premises, LINA mostly focuses on publishing pro-government information. On its website it states that its mandate is to publicize government programs and activities.

No statue and no independent oversight or assessment mechanism to validate LINA’s editorial independence have been identified.

September 2023