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Liberian Media Under Attack: Government Failed to Show Evidence

Moses Owen Browne Jr

Monrovia, Liberia: The Government of Liberia failed on Thursday to produce evidence against three media institutions it says broadcast inflammatory messages a day before the November 8 run-off presidential election.

 Appearing before Criminal Court A, the Liberian government, represented by Solicitor General Wilkins Wright failed to produce substantive evidence in the case regarding the closure of the three media institutions: Power TV, Kings FM and Love FM, but issued a subpoena requesting the stations to produce evidence against themselves, which many legal experts see as a ‘scare tactic’ on the part of the government to muster the press.

Peter Quiqui, President of the Press Union of Liberia questioned the credibility of government and termed the decision “strange and troubling for Liberia’s democracy.” Mr. Quiqui however, reemphasized that the move by the Unity Party-led government is intended to intimidate the media.  

Moses Owen Browne, Jr., a Monrovia-based correspondent, writes for The Liberian Dialogue. He can be reached atbrowne.moses@gmail.com

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