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House of Representatives reacts negatively to radio talk show hosts' comments

(CEMESP/IFEX) - The House of Representatives in Monrovia has lashed at and threatened to summon the presenter of a talk show before that body for "preaching hate messages".

Ambrose Nmah, presenter of the Truth FM Breakfast Show, was the subject of a plenary discussion during the house's session on 14 August 2007.

The House of Representatives was reacting to comments made by Nmah during the 14 August edition of his show, in which he attributed the imminent closure of a local nursing school, run by the Phebe Hospital in Central Liberia, to the reduction of the hospital's budget by the members of Parliament. During the show, Nmah expressed strong disagreement with the House's action.

The House insists that Nmah's conclusion is untrue and aimed at inciting the population against members of the body. They also accused him of preaching "hate messages" and using his radio to ridicule the legislature.

The House also clarified that the Phebe Hospital budget was reduced so as to provide funding to ensure that other medical facilities in rural Liberia would remain functional.

Nmah is a provocative host and has often clashed with other individuals over issues of the day. He is chief executive officer of Renaissance Communication Incorporated, and the owner of Truth FM and Real TV in Liberia.

During the same debate on 14 August, members of the House of Representatives drew attention to another provocative talk show (50-50) on SKY FM 107, accusing the show's host, T-Max Jlateh, of mocking them.

The House has not taken any decision on either case.

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