AWIP Frowns On So-called Rights Activists
By Hawa Dolley/LINA
Ambassador Weah Intellectual Platform (AWIP) has said it believes in the government’s commitment to press freedom as demonstrated by President’s George Weah’s recent meeting held with media executives at his Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.AWIP’s National Chairperson, A. Saydee Monboe in an interview with the Liberia News Agency (LINA) in Monrovia on Monday noted that contrary to views that the government is muscling the press, the government is concentrating on delivering on its campaign pledge.
Monboe told LINA that the Platform’s attention has been drawn to recent comments by former Montserrado County District # 8 lawmaker Rufus Neufville in which he accused the government of responsible for the death of journalist Tyron Brown.
He also accused Neufville of misleading the public by misinforming the citizenry that the government was also the mastermind behind the unceremonious departure from the country of BBC’s stringer, Jonathan Payleh-Leh and subsequent lawsuit filed against Rodney Sieh’sFrontpage Africa.
Monboe pointed out that such unfounded comments coming from a former lawmaker is not only troubling, but is one that is geared towards bringing the government to disrepute and to sow a seed of discord in the society.
The AWIP’s National Chair warned Neufville and his likes who are involved in such unwholesome acts to refrain from what he termed “Intellectual Terrorism”, which are meant to only serve as distraction.
He also used the occasion to call on the leadership of the Press Union of Liberia to see reason and recall the communication it addressed to the United Nations, in which it complained of threats against the media by the government.
Former Representative Rufus Neufville recently accused the government of being responsible for the death journalist Tyron Brown of Super FM whose body was discovered in a community in Duport Road about a week ago.