12 January 1998


Newspaper banned

Incident details


(RSF/IFEX) - RSF reports that on 6 January, the Liberian
authorities had the only printing works in Monrovia barred from
publishing the newspaper "Heritage". Mr Theophilius Gould, public
prosecutor, sent a letter to the printing works asking it to stop
the printing of the newspaper "until some problems between
"Heritage" and the government have been solved". This ban is
related to an article published a week before which was critical
of the government for its strained relations with the ECOMOG West
African peacekeeping force. (See Ifex alert 27 January 1997 for
previous related case).

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the president:

  • reminding him that Liberia has signed the International
    Convenant on Civil and Political Rights, article 19 of which
    guarantees the freedom to inform and to be informed and asking
    that Liberia fulfil its obligations towards the international
  • expressing concern about the deterioration of working conditions
    for journalists in Liberia and asking him to do everything in his
    power to lift the ban on the newspaper "Heritage"

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    President Charles Taylor
    Executive Mansion
    Monrovia, Liberia
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  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
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    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

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