Heritage (Monrovia)

18 October 2011

Liberia: We Too Denounce the Attacks, Threats Against Journalists

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Journalists at Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's inauguration (file photo).

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On Monday, October 17, 2011, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) issued a strong worded statement in Monrovia, categorically condemning all forms of attacks and threats against journalists who are performing their duty, especially during this political campaign. In the statement, the President of the PUL, Mr. Peter Quaqua, said the Union was alarmed by the Monday, October 18, 2011 morning arson attack on Love FM/TV by unknown persons in Monrovia and called on the police to launch an immediate investigation to bring the executors to book.

The Union's statement came in the wake of the intimidating arson attack and threats against the media.

The Union, which is regarded as the mother organization of journalists in the country, also denounced the attack and threats on the home of talk show hosts Smith Toby and Patrick Honnah respectively of Truth FM/TV and urged an end to such harassment.

For us, we commend the PUL for its statement, categorically condemning all forms of attacks and threats against journalists who are performing their duty, especially during this political campaign. We think the Union's statement is timely and very prudent.

Like the Union, we too, denounce all forms of attacks and threats against journalists who are performing their duty, especially during this political campaign.

We also denounce the arson attack on Love FM/TV by unknown persons in Monrovia and further call on the police to launch an immediate investigation to bring the executors to book.

We agree with the Union that the wave of attacks and the rule of fear being introduced ahead of the run-off are troubling signs that have the propensity to abort the political process and restore violence.

Like the President of the Union rightly stated, political leaders are under obligation to remove the fear over the population by stopping the violent rhetoric in the media.

It is our ardent hope that this unprecedented madness will come to end for the betterment of dear country.

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