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Liberia govt slams publication alleging presidential corruption

Liberia govt slams publication alleging presidential corruption

Liberia

<p>The Liberian presidency has slammed a private newspaper outlet over a report which cited unsubstantiated corruption on the part of president George Manneh Weah.</p> <p>An official statement issued by the office of the presidential press secretary and posted on the presidency – Executive Mansion – Facbeook page accused FrontPage Africa of unethical journalism in a story titled: “Pres. Weah’s Multi-Million Dollars Complex Nearing Completion.”</p> <p>The story carried on December 31, 2018 alleged that due to external pressure, the president was preparing to gift some purportedly ill-gotten properties to the state.</p> <p>“Although FrontPage Africa reported that it had not verified the story, it however reported that the President was “contemplating on presenting the structures as a gift to government as some development partners have launched an investigation into Pres. Weah’s acquisition of the property,”” the statement said in part.</p> <p>It decried why the newspaper chose to use hearsay and speculation on a sensitive topic adding: “This is not journalism, but a mischief intended to incite the public against the President by spreading falsehood.”</p> <p>The paper is known to be critical of the president and his administration. Months into office, its journalists were arrested over a private civil case but it insisted that government was behind a raid and temporary closure.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fexecutivemansionliberia%2Fposts%2F832500480432065&width=500" width="500" height="734" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe> <p>President Weah in April 2018 promised to deepen media freedom during a meeting with practitioners. </p> <p>The Weah administration, at the time a little over three months, had been receiving a fair share of media headaches with widespread allegations that he intended to gag the press.</p> <p>“I always use you as an example. When I supported human rights in this country, you were against me. But I always remembered you because at that time, what I was doing was to keep the country from being torn apart. </p> <p>“And I’m glad you’re here today. Now, together we must create this environment, this awareness, so that Liberians can forgive themselves, and we can move forward,” Weah said.</p>
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