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EPS Director Warrick threatens to arrest Journalists

By Nathan Charles
EPS Director, Othello Warrick.
EPS Director, Othello Warrick.

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-Heated argument has erupted between some  Journalists and the Executive Protective Service (EPS) Director, Othello Warrick.

The argument took place Saturday May 4, 2013 at the World Press Freedom Day celebration in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

According to  mylbsonline reporter, the confrontation was a result of unfriendly comments by EPS Director, Othello Warrick, against the Journalists at the celebration.
The reporter quotes Mr. Warrick as having said: “The EPS will not relent to chase and arrest any Journalists who may question the Presidency.”

“To inquire information about Presidential movements and activities is wrong. The law gives the EPS power to arrest anyone guilty of committing any wrong-doing against the Presidency,” the EPS Director added.

Our reporter further quotes Mr. Warrick as saying: “The Service will go after Journalists who will tarnish the characters of prominent people, including myself.”

He also said the World Press Freedom Day celebration was erupted for several minutes.

It was, however, calmed down through the intervention of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) President, Peter Quaqua, and others.

Speaking at the occasion, Trust Africa Director, Ezekiel Pajibo, said he believes the “Media is not free.”

Former PUL President, Abraham Massaley, encouraged his colleagues to continue championing their rights. Mr. Massaley told them: “Freedom is never achieved on silver platter.”   

 


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