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Gov’t saddened by journalist’s death

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Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe
Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Liberian Government says it is saddened by the tragic death of Journalist Tyron A. Brown of Super FM and TV.

Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said:” The police have begun a full scale investigation, and assured that the government will leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators to justice.”

The Minister said in a statement issued recently that he received the sad news while in a meeting with the Africa Program Coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Angela Quintal.

During the meeting, Minister Nagbe reaffirmed the Liberian government's commitment to freedom of speech and press freedom and assured that President George Weah is resolute to decriminalize speech offences in Liberia.

The Liberian Information Minister told the CPJ that it was difficult for any government to suppress the Press with the advancement in technology and existence of social media, adding that free press is indispensable to democracy.

For her part, Ms. Quintal described the death of Journalist Brown as sad and urged that whoever is responsible should not go with impunity.

Ms. Quintal welcomed government's quest to decriminalize speech offenses, but said there were still concerns that journalists can be affected by civil suits with very high damages.

She urged the government to also work to put a cap on the value of damages.

In another development, the Liberian media is also mourning the death of former Press union of Liberia President Kamara Abdullai Kamara.

Mr. Kamara died Tuesday morning, April 17, 2018, at the Phebe Hospital in Suakoko, Bong County.

According to Press Union of Liberia (PUL) President Charles Coffey, Kamara got sick and fell off in his hotel room in Gbarnga last night and was taken to the Phebe Hospital where he died this morning.

KAK, as he was affectionately called, was in Gbarnga on a workshop where he met his untimely death.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the PUL left  for Suakoko, Bong County,early and is back in Monrovia with the body of the former PUUL Boss.

He is expected to be buried this evening or early tomorrow morning.

According to PUL President Charles Coffey,the cause of death has been discliosed to family members by aurhorities at the Phebe Hospital where Mr.Kamara died on Tuesday morning,April 17,2018.


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