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PUL Suspends Journalist Watkins For “Theft”
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PUL Suspends Journalist Watkins For “Theft”

MONRLVIA, December 6 (LINA) - The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has suspended for time indefinite the membership of the Publisher of the Daily Graphic Newspaper, George Watkins.

The Union's action against Watkins is the outcome of preliminary hearings conducted by the Union's leadership during which the accused pleaded guilty to forgery and theft.

Mr. Watkins, the Union said in a statement, initiated and managed a criminal negotiation that led to the waiver of 90 percent of debt owed the New Vision Newspaper by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).

The resulting check of US$628 issued in the name of the newspaper was also fraudulently encashed at the Central Bank of Liberia by Mr. T. Benedict D. Togbah of the Public Agenda Newspaper with the aid of some CBL staff on the instruction and supervision of Watkins.

According to a PUL release Watkins has failed to provide the leadership of the Union with details of the transactions done with the CBL.

Meanwhile, the Press Union has declared Mr. T. Benedict D. Togbah of the Public Agenda Newspaper, an “undesirable element” to Liberian journalism for allowing himself to be used as a pawn in the scandal.

The Union said it has already sought the cooperation of the Central Bank to determine other affected parties and accomplices in this scandal.


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