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Liberian Lawyer Accuses Sirleaf Govt

By Hawa Wesseh A prominent Liberian human rights lawyer and former Minister of Works in the Sirleaf Unity Party (UP) led administration has accused the Liberian government of being behind the incarceration of FrontPage Africa editor Rodney Sieh.  Samuel Kofi woods spoke recently when Justice Minister Christina Tah and Liberia Solicitor General Cllr. Betty Larmie Blamo rubbished attempts by Woods to represent Sieh at the ECOWAS Human Rights Court in Abuja Nigeria. The libel case which has drawn international disapproval from Roy Gutterman, Director of the Tully Center for Free…

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Press Freedom And The Liberian Supreme Court

By Dagbayonoh Kiah Nyanfore II I recently researched cases  which the Liberian Supreme Court had decided on regarding press freedom.  The just passed decision of the court resulting in the closure of FrontPage Africa newspaper and the imprisonment of its editor and publisher Rodney Sieh prompted the study. My major finding is that on almost all of the cases, the court ruled against press freedom or freedom of speech. In the 1861 landmark case Dennis v. Bowser, the court overturned the lower court verdict, which had favored the plaintiff. Dennis…

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Politics 

President Ellen Sirleaf and Press Freedom In Liberia

BY: Hawa Wesseh The future belongs to us because we have taken charge of it. We have the commitment, we have the resourcefulness, and we have the strength- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Just as last month came to an end, two significant concerns popped up in post war Liberia. Depending on which one you want to take first; all 25,000 students sitting the nation’s most prestigious university, the University of Liberia (UL) entrance exam failed to make a passing mark. It was perhaps the biggest front-page grabber since the Charles Taylor…

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We Are Disappointed, Madam President

    RECENTLY, AS LIBERIAN journalists and friends of the media converged in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to commemorate World Press Freedom Day under the theme, “Media-Security Relations: An Imperative for Consolidating Peace in Liberia, the Director of the Executive Protection Service (EPS), President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s Chief of Security; Othello Warrick threatened that the EPS will go after the media if journalists question the integrity of Liberians including himself. MR. WARRICK DID not only stop there but branded journalists as terrorists followed by threats that journalists…

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West African Journalists Write Pres. Sirleaf

By WAJA Dear President Sirleaf, The West African Journalists Association [WAJA] and the undersigned media partners and freedom of expression groups wish to express our grave concern over recent threats against media freedom in Liberia by senior state officials, which we strongly condemn. We are also worried about the reported stance of the Office of the President on the matter, which unfortunately is apparently not supportive of media freedom. Information received from WAJA member, Press Union of Liberia (PUL), indicates that in one of the most recent manifestations of this…

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Why Liberia’s homophobic-gay hating nepotistic president hates the press?

  By Hawa Wesseh When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s chief body guard, Mr. Daniel Othello Warwick few days ago threatened the Liberian free press in a barefaced and no mincing words, he put on display a raw braggadocio show of ignorance, never mind the struggles the media in Liberia witnessed and the attending abuses it suffered all these years from the very same government security: beating of journalists, burning down and arbitrarily closing down media houses. These indiscretions are still fresh in the minds of journalists and the Liberian people!…

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Liberian Journalists still hounded

      Listener Staff Report Liberian journalists today are still facing the heavy hand of the law from the Liberian government in an era when press freedom is a heavily touted word in post war Liberia. The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) recently was forced to decry the manner in which a journalist was battered without due process, and incarcerated while another was languishing in jail. In a statement it released to the public to express its displeasure the union said Liberia’s Police Inspector General affected an order on…

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