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Four editors demoted after protesting suppression of opposition views

(CEMESP/IFEX) - The management of the government-controlled, state-owned Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) has, with immediate effect, removed four of its news editors from their positions at LBS.

The editors were removed from their respective positions on February 10, 2010, after they protested the suppression of political opposition views at the radio station.

The four editors insisted that a recent press conference of opposition parliamentarians be aired, to the disagreement of the LBS management.

A memorandum issued by the LBS management confirms the removal of the editors, who have been reassigned as senior reporters. The editors affected are editor-in-chief Segram Goma, news editor Patrick Flomo, foreign desk editor Augustine Myers and desk editor Titus Tokpah.

The removal of the four editors comes amid the exposure of the policy of the Liberia Broadcasting System to suppress opposition views at the radio station.

On February 16, 2010, LBS director general Charles Snetter appeared before the Liberian Senate after he was summoned by that august body for the failure of the station to air the views of Margibi County Senator Clarice Jah of the opposition Liberty Party.

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