Press Union of Liberia to Sue Security Forces’ for Brutality

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Charles Coffey, PUL President

To mark one year of Liberian journalists rally in Monrovia to detest the brutalization of media practitioners, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) says litigation is the best reprimand for security forces’ heavy-handedness.

On Thursday, March 11, 2020, Liberian journalists under the leadership of the Press Union of Liberia paraded the principal streets of Monrovia to draw national government, civil society, and the international community attention to security forces brutality against the Media in Liberia.

The PUL asserts that going forward all attacks on journalists will be analyzed to determine its merit for a possible court action on a case-by-case basis.

This latest decision of the Press Union of Liberia is in response to the incomplete works of the Laurence K. Bropleh Committee constituted by President George Weah to probe brutalities against journalists. No report of the Bropleh Committee has ever been seen in public or communicated with the journalism community.

West African Journalists Association (WAJA), Peter Quaqua, and Loretta Pope Kai, National Civil Society Council of Liberia named members to the committee called Dr. Bropleh out for his dreary handling of the inquest commissioned by the President of Liberia and the pair subsequently resigned.   

Top of the attacks were the whipping of revered journalist Zenu Miller by agents of the Executive Protection Service (EPS). Miller was admitted to the hospital shortly after the incident. His family said Miller died of hypertension and stroke quoting medical staff. Another journalist, Salam Kaloko of Maggie Online TV was attacked by an agent of the EPS while covering a protest of War & Economic Crimes Court advocates. Kaloko was beaten; his camera, cash, telephone, and other broadcast equipment were forcefully taken away.

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