Liberia / Africa

Journalists attacked in Liberia since 1992

  

Journalists attacked, harassed, and threatened while covering Liberian senate election

In the days leading up to and following senatorial elections in Liberia on December 8, 2020, security forces and civilians attacked, harassed, and threatened members of the press, according to journalists who spoke with CPJ and a statement shared on Facebook by the Press Union of Liberia, a local trade group. On November 30, in…

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Liberian journalist Gloria Tamba in hiding amid threats

Abuja, December 14, 2020 — Liberian authorities should credibly investigate the threats received by journalist Gloria Tamba and ensure her safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On October 22, in Paynesville, a suburb east of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, an unidentified man in a black jeep drove up to Tamba while she was standing…

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Liberian journalist beaten, robbed while covering pre-election events

Abuja, September 18, 2020 – Liberian authorities should credibly investigate the attack on journalist Amos Omaska Jallah and ensure those responsible are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 13, in Latia, a town in Liberia’s western Cape Mount county, a group of at least 30 men attacked Jallah, a…

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Liberian authorities attack, detain journalist Max Richards Jr.

Abuja, Nigeria, July 21, 2020 — Liberian authorities should investigate the attack and arrest of journalist Max M. Richards Jr. and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 9, in the northeastern city of Ganta, a group of about 15 officers with Liberia’s Drug Enforcement Agency attacked Richards…

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A police officer clears shoppers from a market on the first day of lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 disease in Monrovia, Liberia, on April 11, 2020. The government says the right to free expression is suspended during the state of emergency. (Reuters/Derick Snyder)

Liberia’s journalists wary as authorities announce new press passes, threaten shutdowns

When the coronavirus arrived in Liberia, local journalists knew what it meant to report on a deadly, infectious disease; six years earlier they had donned personal protective equipment (PPE) to report on the Ebola crisis, Musa Kenneh, the Press Union of Liberia’s secretary general, told CPJ. But this time, Kenneh said, threatening comments from government…

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Police are seen in Monrovia, Liberia, on January 6, 2020. Security forces recently harassed and attacked at least four journalists in Liberia. (AFP/Carielle Doe)

Journalists in Liberia attacked, harassed for reporting on COVID-19

Since March 19, 2020, Liberian security forces have attacked or intimidated at least four journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the journalists, who spoke with CPJ in phone calls and via messaging apps, and a report posted on Facebook by the Press Union of Liberia, a local trade group.

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Liberian journalists protest against authorities' alleged brutality against their colleagues in Monrovia, Liberia, on March 12, 2020. (FrontPage Africa/Alline Dunbar)

Liberian journalists harassed, arrested by security forces

Since February 13, 2020, Liberian security forces have harassed, assaulted, or detained at least four journalists during the course of their work, according to the journalists, who spoke with CPJ, and a petition from the Press Union of Liberia, an independent media workers’ advocacy group.

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Police are seen in Monrovia, Liberia, on January 6, 2020. Police recently arrested journalist Kolubah Bobo Akoi over his Facebook posts. (AFP/Carielle Doe)

Liberian journalist Kolubah Bobo Akoi arrested over Facebook posts

Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2020 — Liberian authorities should drop the police investigation into journalist Kolubah Bobo Akoi’s work and allow him to cover the news freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Christopher Walker (center, in red) is seen being removed from the press area in Samuel Kanyon Doe Sport Stadium in Monrovia, Liberia, on January 23, 2020. (FrontPage Africa)

Liberian police assault editor Christopher Walker at soccer tournament

On January 23, 2020, officers of the Liberia National Police assaulted Christopher Walker, the sports editor of the privately owned daily newspaper FrontPage Africa, during the semi-final of a national soccer tournament at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sport Stadium in Monrovia, the capital, according to Walker, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app, local news…

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The Samuel Kanyon Doe Sport Stadium is seen in Monrovia, Liberia, on January 21, 2018. Journalist Zenu Koboi Miller recently died weeks after he was allegedly assaulted at the stadium by bodyguards of Liberian President George Weah. (Reuters/Thierry Gouegnon)

Liberian journalist dies weeks after alleged assault by presidential bodyguards

On January 26, 2020, bodyguards of Liberian President George Weah assaulted Zenu Koboi Miller, a local broadcast journalist, as he was leaving the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sport Stadium in Monrovia, the capital, where he had covered the final of a national soccer tournament, according to a Facebook post by the journalist, local journalists who spoke…

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