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Libel conviction could keep journalist imprisoned for life
Libel conviction could keep journalist imprisoned for life

On 21 August 2013, Rodney Sieh, founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of the award-winning daily print and online newspaper FrontPageAfrica, was jailed after Liberia's Supreme Court upheld a decision ordering him to pay a former government minister US$1.5 million in libel damages.

20 Sep 2013 08:36

World's Press condemns closure of Liberian news site, wants jailed editor released
World's Press condemns closure of Liberian news site, wants jailed editor released

PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY: WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum have called for the release of Editor Rodney Sieh from prison in Liberia.

6 Sep 2013 07:00

Media slander angers govt

The Liberian Government has expressed complete public anger over media slander here, having complained a local daily called the National Chronicle newspaper to the Press Union for recently publishing that US$100m was about to be corruptly pocketed.

By Winston W. Parley 5 Jul 2013 14:00

Journalists impose media blackout on Liberian presidency

On May 9 2013, Liberian journalists - under the banner of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) - took several actions in response to disparaging and threatening remarks made against journalists. The remarks were made at programs marking the annual observance of World Press Freedom Day in Buchanan, Grand Bassa county on May 3, 2013 by the director of the Executive Protection Service (EPS), Daniel Othello Warrick.

13 May 2013 11:47

IFJ condemns public threats against journos in Liberia

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has supported journalists in Liberia who have issued a media blackout, by printing black front pages after a government official was accused of threatening them. Radio and TV stations are also protesting against the government by suspending broadcasts for two hours daily beginning on Friday, 10 May, 2013.

13 May 2013 10:21

Search for bravest women journalists
Search for bravest women journalists

WASHINGTON, US: The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking nominations for its 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award.

22 Feb 2013 10:33

Ellen to remove draconian laws

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as part of her legislative agenda for 2013 is to remove some draconian laws from the books in a bid to promote free speech and the Press.

21 Jan 2013 16:18

Liberia Media Laws Reform Symposium kicks off

Government officials, international participants and other key stakeholders yesterday, 17 January 2013, gathered at Monrovia's Mamba Point Hotel to participate in Liberia's first Media Law Reform Roundtable.

18 Jan 2013 08:43

Sirleaf vows to uphold free speech

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says her government has no plans to arrest any journalist, shut down radio stations or ban newspapers. "We will not burn down media houses or intimidate critics", she said in a prepared speech on Saturday, 12 January 2013.

By Othello B. Garblah 14 Jan 2013 10:48

Pro-tempore Findley wants critical media coverage in 2013

The president Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate, Senator Gbehnzohngar M. Findley has called on the Liberian media to be more critical on government officials this year.

10 Jan 2013 10:34

Publishers warn politicians, others

The Publishers Association of Liberia (PAL) has warned that gone are the days when politicians and unscrupulous civil society organisations and individuals used the media not only to settle scores with each other but also to create unnecessary tensions and strains on the country's already fragile peace and democracy.

23 Nov 2012 10:38

Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism, The Analyst row resolved

The Media Complaints Committee (MCC) has successfully arbitrated the apparent stand-off between the Government of Liberia and The Analyst newspaper, relative to the publication of a damning criticism of the government by former TRC chairman, Jerome Verdier, without a response from the government.

23 Oct 2012 12:00

Reviewing Liberian journalism

Journalism is considered a noble profession, and those in such practice are expected to be responsible, truthful, and transparent and balanced in their reportage. Owing to the fact that journalists may also be considered as researchers and serve as medium through which information is exchanged, they are the mirror of society.

By Edwin G. Genoway 3 Oct 2012 11:14

Ellen's office hit with indefinite media blackout

The Executive Mansion Reporters Association (EMRA) has with immediate effect placed an indefinite blackout on the office of president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. The EMRA took the decision on Tuesday, 18 September 2012, at a news conference held on the ground floor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.

19 Sep 2012 12:13

Gov't risks media blackout

The Publishers Association of Liberia (PAL) says the undue withholding of payments for legitimate media services rendered to government constitutes gross violations of international media rights, warning that the Liberian Government would risk being declared as media enemy number one.

13 Aug 2012 12:24

Cellcom provides free unlimited internet to PUL

Cellcom GSM has joined the Press Union of Liberia in seeking to enhance the effectiveness of Liberian journalists. The company, on 19 June 2012, provided free unlimited internet to the offices of the Press Union of Liberia to enable fast, and reliable interconnectivity to its members.

21 Jun 2012 15:25

Liberia to join movement to repeal criminal defamation
Liberia to join movement to repeal criminal defamation

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has welcomed Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's commitment to press freedom after her public endorsement of the Declaration of Table Mountain, a continent-wide call to repeal criminal defamation and 'insult' laws.

8 May 2012 14:04

Heritage named best newspaper again

The Independent Authoritative Heritage Newspaper has been named best Newspaper for the Year 2011/2012 by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) during its annual awards program. PUL is the umbrella organisation of journalists in the country. The PUL 2011/2012 Awards Program was held Friday, 4 May 2012 at the Samuel Kanyan Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

8 May 2012 10:41

Two journalists arrested on mayor's orders

Two journalists, reporter Charles Yates of the Inquirer newspaper and Francis Nah of the US-based Liberia, have been the victims of police acting on instructions of Monrovia acting city mayor, Mary Broh.

2 Apr 2012 11:43

Go and sin no more - court orders media houses

Criminal Court 'A'Judge James W. Zotaa, has strongly warned proprietors of three local media houses recently shutdown by government for allegedly broadcasting hate messages and misinformation not to repeat such act.

By Winston W. Parley 17 Nov 2011 12:00

CNN enlists top journalism students for iReport initiative
CNN enlists top journalism students for iReport initiative

ATLANTA, US: CNN has announced the launch of a new initiative for journalism students, called CNN iReport University, linked to iReport, the network's user-generated news community.

16 Sep 2010 10:35