Liberia / Africa

Journalists attacked in Liberia since 1992

  

CPJ calls for investigation of fire at Liberia’s Radio Kintoma

Abuja, May 9, 2022 — Liberian authorities should investigate the recent fire at Radio Kintoma FM to determine if it was an arson attack and make the findings public, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. At about 4 a.m. on April 23, neighbors of the Radio Kintoma’s station office in Voinjama, the capital of…

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Liberian politician attacks journalist Franklin Doloquee during live broadcast

Abuja, March 3, 2022 – Liberian authorities should hold politician Nelson Korquoi accountable for his recent attack on journalist Franklin Doloquee, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On February 25, Korquoi, the superintendent of the northern Nimba county, grabbed Doloquee by the neck and slapped him across the head during a live broadcast the…

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Liberian journalist Aryee Davis threatened, harassed online over reporting on alleged fraud

Abuja, July 1, 2021 – Liberian authorities should investigate the threats received by journalist Aryee Davis and ensure that she can work safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In mid-June, a Facebook user named “Gedeh Eagleeyes” sent multiple threatening messages to Davis, founder of the Facebook-based news outlet GrainCost TV, and posted threatening…

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Liberian journalists assaulted while covering senate election, sports tournament

On December 14, 2020, two supporters of Liberian senatorial candidate Botoe Kanneh beat up and threatened to kill Henry Bobo Gboluma, a reporter with the privately owned Local Voices Liberia news website, according to Gboluma, who spoke by phone with CPJ, and a report by his employer. Gboluma said he photographed the men at an…

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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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