Liberia Responds to Press Freedom Critiques


Liberia has issued several reponses to charges that news media are under assault in the west African nation. Information Minister Lewis Brown sent a five-page letter to the Committee to Proptect Journalists. Earlier, the government responded to an opinion piece in the New York Times written by imprisoned jounalist Rodney Sieh, in which he questions President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's commitment to press freedom.
  • Liberia:  Minister Defends Govt on Press Freedom

    Liberia Government, 9 September 2013

    On behalf of the President, I acknowledge with thanks your continuous interests in the post-conflict development of Liberia. In the matter of your present concern, however, I am ... read more »

  • Liberia:  'Jailed for Journalism' - Govt Responds

    Liberia Government, 3 September 2013

    In an op-ed recently published in the New York Times, "Jailed for Journalism," Mr. Rodney Sieh attempts to paint a gloomy picture of the prospect of free speech and the practice of ... read more »

Imprisoned FrontPage Africa's Managing Editor, Rodney Sieh.

  • Liberia:  Sirleaf Urged to Reform Libel Laws, Free Rodney Sieh

    Committee to Protect Journalists, 1 September 2013

    Dear President Sirleaf: read more »

  • Liberia:  PUL Raises Red Flag Over Rodney Sieh's Imprisonment

    Heritage, 3 September 2013

    The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) through its President, Mr. Peter Quaqua, has underscored the need for national and global efforts to be intensified in order to reform civil libel ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Two Wrongs Do Not Make A Right

    Liberian Observer, 6 September 2013

    President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has disappointed the Liberian people on her zero tolerance for corruption promise. She has not shown the willingness, courage and resolve to go ... read more »

  • Liberia:  An Inside Perspective on Rodney Sieh

    Liberian Observer, 4 September 2013

    The Daily Observer which, like FrontPage Africa, is a Liberian daily, has endeavored to stay out of the ongoing libel saga between Rodney Sieh and former Agricultural Minister J. ... read more »

  • Liberia:  'A Big Joke' - Chris Toe Brags About Journalist's Detention: Yet Acknowledges GAC Audit

    FrontPageAfrica, 3 September 2013

    Journalists in their numbers turned out at the Corina Hotel in Monrovia on Tuesday hoping to put an end to a situation that has been dragging for weeks that has seen one of their ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Court Closes Down Frontpage - PUL, CPJ Condemn Action

    The Inquirer, 26 August 2013

    The Civil Law Court in Monrovia last Friday closed the doors of the Front Page Africa Newspaper two days after the paper's Publisher and Managing Editor Mr. Rodney Sieh was jailed ... read more »

  • Liberia:  CPJ Holds Liberia Responsible for Rodney Sieh's Well-Being

    Committee to Protect Journalists, 28 August 2013

    The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by today's hospitalization of leading Liberian independent journalist Rodney Sieh, who has been on hunger strike since his ... read more »

  • Liberia:  PUL Calls on Govt. to Release Rodney Sieh

    The Analyst, 26 August 2013

    The Press Union of Liberia condemns as repressive, the seizure of the ForntPage Africa Newspaper and the virtual life imprisonment of its Editor, Rodney Sieh in a libel judgment. read more »

  • Liberia:  A Need to Intervene

    The Inquirer, 26 August 2013

    ON AUGUST 23, 2013, the Managing Editor of the INQUIRER Newspaper, Mr. Philip N. Wesseh, celebrated thirty unbroken years of service as a career journalist at a Thanksgiving ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Rodney Sieh Must Be Set Free & Frontpageafrica Office Re-Opens - Statement By ULAA Council of Eminent Persons

    FrontPageAfrica, 26 August 2013

    On behalf of the officers and members of the ULAA Council of Eminent Persons (UCEP), Inc., an organization comprising of former ULAA National Presidents and Chairmen of the ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Press Freedom Gains Reversed - LP Reacts to Media Executive Imprisonment

    The Analyst, 26 August 2013

    The National Executive Committee of Liberty Party says its attention has been drawn to the legal battle that is ongoing between the Management of the Frontpage Africa Newspaper and ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Liberia Mourns Imprisonment of Frontpageafrica Editor, Struggle for Press Freedom Continues

    The New Dawn, 27 August 2013

    Some Reflections read more »

  • Liberia:  Judicial Tyranny

    The New Republic Liberia, 26 August 2013

    The press Union of Liberia (PUL) has described as a complete judicial tyranny the fine of us$1.5m imposed on Front Page Africa boss, Rodney Sieh. read more »

  • Liberia:  Liberians Term Jailing of Rodney Sieh - Says It Affects Free Press

    FrontPageAfrica, 26 August 2013

    Liberians from all walks of life have denounced the incarceration of Rodney Sieh Managing Editor of the FrontPageAfrica newspaper and online news service. read more »

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