Liberia ALERT: Journalist’s equipment briefly seized in Senate Chamber

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fredrick Cherue, a member of the Upper House of Liberia’s parliament on August 27, 2008, seized the equipment of a radio journalist for allegedly recording a private discussion in the open plenary session of the House.

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)’s correspondent reported that, Julius Kanubah, a reporter of Star Radio a Monrovia-based independent station was the recording bitter exchanges between two senators, when his recorder was seized.

Senator Cherue, a former President of the National Bar Association’s action provoked a swift reaction from another senator, Theodore Momo who argued that the senate chamber was not a private facility.

Senator Cherue however, returned the journalist’s recorder at the close of the session.

Media Foundation for West Africa