Despite constitutional guarantees of press freedom, libel, defamation, contempt, and dissemination of false news are punishable by imprisonment under the penal code. Numerous newspapers reach only a small percentage of the population. Their journalists are often under attack by government agents. Police frequently raided the offices of the independent thrice-weekly newspaper Mutations and seized copies of the paper. The government daily Cameroon Tribune was not troubled by authorities. A radio journalist was assaulted and a reporter from a weekly paper was detained. The editor in chief of the independent La Nouvelle Expression was repeatedly harassed. In December, a radio journalist was assaulted by a security detail when he tried to interview the president. A bill liberalizing the broadcast media, which could significantly affect the elections, is scheduled for 2002.