The New Dawn (Monrovia)

11 June 2014

Liberia: PYJ Faces Media Blockade

The Nimba Community Radio Association (NICORA) has issued a media block out on Senator Prince Y. Johnson and all associated groups until he sees reasons to responsibly address the alleged flogging of journalist Franklin Doloquee of Voice of Gompa situation.

In a press release issued Tuesday, the Nimba Community Radio Association's attention was drawn to an incident on the 20th of May 2014 during which a group of people from Senator Johnson's office stormed Voice of Gompa radio station and disrupted an ongoing talk show, flogged ELBC Nimba reporter Franklin Doloquee and took away his recorder, camera, mobile and cash.

The release pointed out that since the incident, the association has made several attempts to encourage Senator Johnson's office to responsibly and reasonably address the situation but to its outmost surprise, the Senator and his men have shown little or no remorse for their action.

"The leadership of NICORA views this in no uncertain term, as a grave infringement on press freedom and the freedom of expression as enshrined in our Constitution... we are now compelled to act and protect our media practitioners and institutions, because if we do not act now, we are afraid other politicians will soon follow suit," the release narrated.

The release continued that the leadership is taken aback by the lack of action by the Liberia National Police to bring to justice the men from Senator Johnson's office, including Wilfred Bangura, Moses Ziah, and the Senator's driver who stormed radio Voice of Gompa on the night of May 20, 2014 and caused the mayhem.

"We believe every sector of the society must enjoy equal protection of the law and no one must therefore be treated with indifference. More than two weeks after the incident, the Liberia National police are yet to take the necessary action to bring the perpetrators to justice, even though during the incident, Ganta detail of the LNP was duly and promptly informed," the release noted.

NICORA called on the Ministry of Justice to do everything to bring to justice Wilfred Bangura and cohorts, who stormed Voice of Gompa radio and flogged journalist Franklin Doloquee on the night of May 20, 2014.

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