While the exact cause of his death is yet to be determined, Liberian broadcast Journalist Zenu Korboi Miller of the private owned OK Fm 99.5, who died on Saturday, February 15, 2020, received flogging from the elite presidential security, Executive Protection Force (EPS). That attack took place during the National County Sports meet at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia’s Paynesville suburb.
Journalist Miller complained to the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) after being victimized by the state security brutality, did not return to work for a protracted period, as he sought medical treatment. The OK Fm popular afternoon talk show host reportedly died at a local hospital in a suburb of Monrovia, after complaining of pain in his chest and other parts of his body.
His colleague, Clarence Jackson, confirmed his death on social media. Writing on his Facebook page on Saturday, Mr. Jackson, Editor of OK FM said: “KOBOI, MY FRIEND, MY BROTHER, MY COMRADE, YOU DIDN’T TELL US GOODBYE BROTHER.” Zenu’s death has triggered a wave of tributes both on-air and the social media network from fellow journalists, fans, relatives, friends, and the public, with many expressing disbelief over the death of a young broadcaster who until Friday of this week was on the radio.
“A professional big brother and friend have gone, you were one of the kindest persons I ever worked with during my days in mainstream media”, said Wellington Railey, a Liberian journalist formerly of New Democrat, posted from the United States. “I’m deeply broken. Why Zenu, Rose Kiawuh,” a former workmate of the deceased at his former workplace, Truth FM also wrote.
Prior to his demise, Zenu worked with several institutions including Truth FM, owned and operated by the Renaissance Communications Incorporated. The nation will continue to remember him as a remarkable radio personality who positively impacted his audience and professional colleagues.
Meanwhile, the government of Liberia, whom the journalist accused of hounding him, which severe wounds ultimately and subsequently led to his death is yet to issue a statement on the death of the popular journalist. Also the Press Union of Liberia or the PUL which is also the umbrella organization for journalist in the country has not commented on the issue. The Committee to Protect Journalist or the CPU, a global media watch dog in a twitter feed over the weekend, called for an impartial investigation in the death of the journalist. By W. Selmah/Newspublictrust/Liberianlistener, contributed to this story.
Main Photo: Charles Coffey, President Press Union of Liberia