Politics 

Liberia 2017: Charles Taylor Ties And Pres. Candidate Benoni Urey

By Rodney D. Sieh The dog days of the UN travel ban behind him, Benoni Urey is still haunted by his ties to former President Charles Ghankay Taylor but judging from his earlier pronouncement and political maneuvers, his supporters say, the Taylor tie could actually prove to be an asset, rather than a liability for the millionaire businessman who has made it quite clear that he will be a contender and a force to reckon with in the 2017 presidential race. Urey is featured prominently in this month’s New African…

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FrontPageAfrica Wins Global Award For Investigative Journalism

Strasbourg, France – The 2014 Reporters Without Borders – TV5Monde Prize for Press Freedom has been awarded to Mexican journalist Sanjuana Martínez, Liberian newspaper FrontPage Africa and Saudi blogger Raef Badawi. The winners’ names were announced at a ceremony this evening in Strasbourg. The 2014 “Journalist of the Year,” Sanjuana Martínez, is a freelance contributor to the Mexico City-based daily La Jornada who has been harassed and threatened because of her commitment to defending mistreated women and children. The winner in the “media” category, Liberia’s FrontPageAfrica, has proved that quality…

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Liberia – Editor placed under house arrest for rest of parole

Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the justice ministry’s decision on 18 October to place Frontpage Africa editor Rodney Sieh under house arrest during the rest of the 30 days of “compassionate” leave from prison that he was accorded on 8 October. “The house arrest order contradicts the parole that Sieh was granted on health grounds,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Sieh is like a ball being batted to and fro in a power struggle between different Liberian officials. This constitutes cruel treatment and we call for the immediate withdrawal of…

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Jailed for Journalism in Liberia!

    Mr. Editor, The guilty verdict and the subsequent detention of Frontpageafica’s Managing Editor (Rodney Sieh) have painfully revealed the weakness and corruption of our judiciary! (Re “Jailed for Journalism”, NY Times).. In 2011 (February), a court convicted Rodney Sieh, Samwar Fallah and Frontpageafrica of criminal libel and ordered them to pay US$1.5 million in damages, plus US$90,000 in court costs—but 2 jurors admitted taking bribes to rule in favor of the plaintiff (Dr. J. Chris Toe)!!  Jury tampering is NOT a crime in Liberia!!! If you don’t believe…

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Op-ed 

LIB Laughing Out Loud: Comedy Getting a Shot in the Arm in Post-War Liberia

    By: Rodney Sieh Monrovia – Marit Woods’ love of a good laugh is rubbing off on the rest of Liberia. What started as an initiative aimed at showcasing the talents of a group of untapped Liberian comedians, abandoned and outcast, is rapidly becoming a weekend therapy for a good time in a nation still recovering from more than a decade of war. “I love comedy and one day I woke up wanting to go somewhere to sit and laugh some troubles away and no such place existed, so…

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