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Minister Fagon-Liberian Gov’t unaware of Paylayleh’s asylum seeking in the USA

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Jonathan Paye-layleh of the BBC
Jonathan Paye-layleh of the BBC

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Government of Liberia said it has no idea about BBC’s Stringer, Jonathan Paye-layleh, seeking an asylum in the United States.

BBC Liberia Correspondent Jonathan Paye-layleh recently surfaced in the United States reportedly on an asylum.

He complained of being insecure following recent exchange of questions and answers with President George Weah during a press conference to mark the visit of UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohamed.

But speaking at the Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism (MICAT) press briefing Thursday, April 5, 2018, Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs Eugene Fagon said Mr. Paye-layleh is a free man and is welcome back to Liberia at any time.

Minister Fagon said:” The Government of Liberia will take an official position on the matter once it has been notified that Mr. Paye-layleh is seeking asylum in the United States.”

He dismissed Paye-layleh’s claims that his life was under threat, noting that at no time will President Weah go after anybody particularly journalists for speaking about issues.


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