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Contempt charge looms over two Govt spokesmen

By Arthur Douglas
Information Minister, Lewis Brown
Information Minister, Lewis Brown

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Oct.20, 2014)-Information Minister, Lewis Brown, and his Deputy for Public Affairs, Isaac Jackson, are expected to face the House Information Committee over alleged profanity against the lawmakers.

Plenary voted Thursday, October 16, 2014 mandating its Information and Broadcasting Committee to invite the two officials, following a communication from Representative, Julius Berian.

According to our reporter, Representative Berian alleged in his communication that Deputy Information Minister Jackson labeled members of the Legislature as “counterfeit lawmakers.”

The Representative claimed that the defamatory comment was made during the ministry’s Monday, October 13, 2014 press briefing in Monrovia.

He urged Plenary to invite the two Information Ministry officials at the Legislature for clarification.

Our reporter said: “Though lawmakers frowned at the Deputy Minister’s assertions, they were divided on whether to summon the officials or avoid giving the matter credence.”

Following debate, former Deputy Speaker, Tokpah Mulbah, moved that the Government’s spokesmen appear before the House Information Committee to justify the statement and also explain their functions.

 


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