Police and Public Officials Step Up Attacks on Journalists in Liberia

Liberian journalists protest in Monrovia on March 12, 2020 as they rally in the capital Monrovia, and some newspapers darkened their front pages, in protest at alleged harassment they face from security forces. (Photo by Zoom DOSSO / AFP) (Photo by ZOOM DOSSO/AFP via Getty Images)

As the 2023 general elections approach tensions are rising everywhere. No one has felt that more than Liberia’s journalists. Newsmen and women have faced arrest, threats and physical assault. Press freedom advocates say these are designed to intimidate them from doing their jobs. It has worked. Newsrooms across the country report a sense of fear among their ranks.

Journalists are self-censoring, holding back facts they know will hurt public figures and bring danger to themselves. That is hurting Liberians’ ability to know what is really going on. In July police arrested and jailed three Liberian Journalists, parading themed before the press on allegations of extortion and blackmail.
In this collaboration with New Narratives Aaron Kubahn of Farbric FM looks into the case.

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