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Radio station in Monrovia stormed by legislator, others, angered by coverage

(CEMESP/IFEX) - A member of the House of Representatives of Liberia led a number of unidentified individuals to storm the news department of Truth FM radio station in Monrovia on 1 May 2008, apparently in dissatisfaction over a report aired on the station.

On the afternoon of 1 May, Truth FM quoted some women from District Number One in Montserrado county expressing disappointment over the failure of their Representative, Alomiza Ennos Barr, to use her office to prevail upon the House of Representatives to ensure that an autopsy was conducted on the remains of a little boy of the district who was allegedly kicked to death by an adult.

While at the radio station, Representative Barr, her husband and about ten unidentified individuals rained insults and threats on the station's news director, Zenu Miller, and other members of the department.

CEMESP and the Press Union of Liberia, the umbrella organization of journalists in Liberia, have categorically condemned the attack on the radio station by the parliamentarian.

The two organizations said it was unfortunate that a lawmaker could storm a radio station and throw insults and threats at staffers on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, simply because the journalists had perform their traditional duty by informing the public of events in the society.

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