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Reporters refuse to cover senate news after president assaults colleague

(CEMESP/IFEX) - Journalists under the banner of the Legislative Reporters Association of Liberia have announced a boycott of media coverage of the office of the President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate, Cletus Wotorson, for "assaulting" one of their colleagues, Solomon Ware.

On May 5th 2009, Ware, of Truth FM (a local radio station in Monrovia), was reportedly assaulted by the President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate while attempting to interview Wotorson following the premature adjournment of the senate's plenary session.

The Legislative Reporters, in a strongly worded statement issued in Monrovia on May 7th, said they would remain unwavering on their stance until Wotorson apologizes for his actions.

The attack on Ware, the statement noted, came at the time journalists the world over were celebrating World Press Freedom Day. "We have unanimously decided as of the date of the issuance of this statement that the offices of Pro-tempore Wotorson will not receive media coverage in any form or manner from legislative reporters until he apologizes for his action," the statement said.

Meanwhile, the journalists have called on the umbrella organization of journalists in Liberia, the Press Union of Liberia, to institute measures to protect the journalists providing media coverage at the National Legislature of Liberia.

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