Monrovia, August 14, 2014: The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) is disappointed and disgusted by Thursday's forced and illegal closure of the National Chronicle Newspaper and the arrest of several staff of the paper including News Editor Emmanuel Mensah and IT Officer Emmanuel Logan, and the manhandling of Philibert S. Browne, Jr.
The Press Union sees these actions as a further expression of intolerance and an unwarranted attack on the free press, and calls upon President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to immediately denounce this action, release the staff and reopen the National Chronicle.
PUL President Abdullai Kamara say this action, which is yet to be explained from the highest level of the Liberia National Police, "strengthens the distrust between the government and the media, undermines the rule of laws and lays to waste the fruitful collaboration that has existed in the fight against the ebola virus."
Meanwhile, all members of the Press Union are invited to a mass emergency meeting at 12 noon tomorrow Friday, August 14, 2014 at the headquarters on Clay Street to chart further options.
D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh
International Institute for ICT Journalism