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Journalist Clarence Jackson expelled from courtroom

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 2 March 2009, Clarence Jackson, a reporter for Star Radio, an independent radio station, was driven out of the Gbarnga First Instance court in central Monrovia, allegedly on the orders of Liberia's Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Philip A.Z. Banks, following a complaint filed by the presiding magistrate.

MFWA's correspondent reported that Jackson, who was at the court to cover the trial of suspects in mob violence, was escorted out of the court premises by police officers deployed at the court.

The correspondent said that on seeing Jackson in the courtroom, the magistrate told the minister that he (the journalist) refused to heed his invitation to see him in his office.

On 1 March, Jackson had carried a live report on a protest march which resulted in violence. professional motorcyclists, who organised the march following mysterious killings by unknown assailants, claimed the government had not done anything to ensure their safety.

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