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Sports official assaults journalist over coverage

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 31 March 2007, Julu Johnson, sports editor of the "News", an independent Monrovia-based newspaper, was assaulted by Napoleon Japloe, assistant secretary of the Liberia Football Association (LFA).

Japloe, who accused Johnson of writing negative stories about him, slapped him several times in the face before pushing him to the ground.

According to an MFWA correspondent, the incident occurred at the headquarters of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Monrovia.

Numennie Williams, an official of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL), has since condemned the attack on Johnson. Williams, who witnessed the incident, told MFWA's correspondent that he would ensure the matter is properly investigated and the LFA official dealt with.

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