Liberia / Africa

  
Policemen are seen at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, Liberia, on December 7, 2017. Journalists from local radio station Roots FM were recently sued for $500,000 in a civil defamation suit by the Liberian minister of state for presidential affairs. (Reuters/James Giahyue)

Radio station and show hosts sued for defamation in Liberia

Cape Town, May 1, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over a $500,000 civil defamation lawsuit filed against the Roots 102.7 FM radio station and two of its hosts by the Liberian minister of state for presidential affairs, Nathaniel McGill.

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People listen to a radio in Monrovia, Liberia, on December 27, 2017. The Roots FM radio station in Monrovia was recently attacked in two separate incidents. (Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters)

Liberian radio station transmitter attacked twice in 10 days

Abidjan, February 15, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Liberian authorities to ensure that those responsible for two recent attacks on independent broadcaster Roots FM are swiftly arrested and prosecuted.

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FrontPageAfrica publisher Rodney Sieh, pictured on his release from prison in November 2013. Sieh says journalists in Liberia continue to face threats and harassment for their critical reporting. (AP/Mark Darrough)

Q&A: Rodney Sieh on how Liberia’s press is faring under Weah presidency

Rodney Sieh, editor-in-chief and publisher of Liberian investigative outlet FrontPageAfrica, knows first-hand the harassment and risks critical journalists in his country face. In 2013, CPJ documented how he was sentenced to prison over unpaid fines in a criminal defamation case.

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A view of Liberia's capital, Monrovia, in October 2017. Police are investigating the death of a journalist found stabbed outside his home in the city. (AFP/Issouf Sanogo)

Journalist found stabbed and killed in Liberia

New York, April 18, 2018–Liberian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of Tyron Brown, a video editor and camera operator with Super Communications, a privately owned outlet that runs Super FM and Super Television, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Liberia's President George Weah speaks during his swearing-in ceremony at Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, Liberia on January 22, 2018. One of the plaintiffs in a US$1.8 million civil defamation lawsuit against Front Page Africa was previously affiliated with Weah's Coalition for Democratic Change party. (Reuters/Thierry Gouegnon)

Liberia should reform libel laws in wake of $1.8 million civil lawsuit against Front Page Africa

New York, April 11, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over a US$1.8 million civil defamation lawsuit against Front Page Africa, a privately owned Liberian newspaper that has long been the subject of complaints and harassment for its critical reporting on successive governments.

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Liberian newspaper publisher arrested over civil libel case

Philipbert Browne, the publisher of Liberia’s Hot Pepper newspaper, was arrested at his office and jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison in the Liberian capital on October 7, 2016, for libel on the orders of a Civil Law Court over a story in his paper titled, “During Ebola Time: ‘I Lost My Virginity'” published the…

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Liberia journalist detained for republishing story about president of Equatorial Guinea

Plainclothes police officers on September 15, 2016, detained Festus Poquie, a journalist with Liberia’s New Democrat newspaper, from his office and took him to the Liberia National Police headquarters in the capital Monrovia, where he was detained and interrogated for several hours.

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Liberia forces critical radio station Voice FM to stop broadcasting

Nairobi, July 7, 2016–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the decision by Liberian authorities to shut down the privately owned station Voice FM and called on the government today to allow the station to resume broadcasting immediately.

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Liberian journalist beaten for refusing to delete video

Three men beat Wremongar Joe, a journalist with the radio station Prime FM, in Buchanan, some 60 miles (100 kilometres) southeast of the capital Monrovia, on May 7, 2016, after the journalist refused to delete a video of a brawl between a lawmaker and other spectators during a football match, according to media reports.

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A man walks past a burial report including known Ebola cases at the Western area emergency response center in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Amid Ebola outbreak, West African governments try to isolate media

On the first Saturday of November 2014, when media owner and broadcaster David Tam Baryoh switched on the mic for his weekly “Monologue” show on independent Citizen FM in Freetown, Sierra Leone, he had no idea that criticizing the government’s handling of Ebola would mean 11 days in jail.

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