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MICAT Boss Re-echoes Govt. Support To Media Freedom
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Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe


MICAT Boss Re-echoes Govt. Support To Media Freedom
By Stephen N. Sonpon

MONROVIA, October 12 (LINA) - Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has reaffirmed government's commitment to sustaining democracy in the country by ensuring that the media continues to operate in a free environment.

However, Nagbe urged the media to remain professional and truthful to their ethics by refraining from ethical transgressions and other defamatory reportage which has the propensity to taint the character of peaceful citizens as well as the media itself.

He made the comments Tuesday when he appeared on the Liberia Broadcasting System "Super Morning Show" in Monrovia.

Nagbe’s statement comes in the wake of the recent arrest and detention of the Publisher of the Hot Pepper Newspaper, Philibert Browne, who was sued for defamation of character by Bong County Representative Prince Moye.

Browne, who was arrested for publishing a story in which he claimed that Moye raped a 14-year-old girl, was detained at the Monrovia Central Prison after he could not file a valid bond against the US$1.5 million libel suit.

Nagbe said defamation is a crime under Liberian law and that anyone found to be culpable of such crime goes to jail, especially if the culprit fails to secure a valid bond.

The MICAT boss indicated that the government will continue to work with its partners to ensure that media freedom continues to prevail in Liberia, but warned that appropriate actions will be taken against those who elect to abuse such opportunity.



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