PUL Condemns Police Brutality against Journalists

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) said it is repulsed by the increasing instances of state security forces flogging journalists covering the news as a calculated plan to intimidate and harass the independent media, and deter them from reporting occurrences in our society. The PUL says no serious government which believes in the rule of law would countenance any spur of the minute and barbaric response like public flogging and assault of anyone, least of all a journalist – regardless of the alleged offense committed. The PUL’s statement comes in the wake of alleged repeated, unsubstantiated and ruthless beating of journalists by police officers at various incidents around the country. The PUL protested against two instances within the last one week, where journalists were reportedly harassed and assaulted as they carried out their work. In the first instance, journalists Leila Gbati of the Women Voices newspaper and Alloycious David of The News newspaper were allegedly ruthlessly beaten on Tuesday, August 19, by Police Support Unit (PSU) officers, as they were covering an event where private school teachers converged at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to draw President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s attention to the delay in the payment of their “Ebola Hardship” benefits. At this public gathering, reporter Leila Gbati was allegedly whipped while photographing scenes of the teachers’ protest, leading to the loss of her camera and wounds on her upper right body. Reporter Alloycious David was reportedly roughed up and assaulted at the same event. Likewise, an officer of the Liberia National Police only identified as Sonkalay, allegedly assaulted reporters Emmanuel Degleh and Joseph B. Sackie, while they were attending a press conference at the Kakata, Margibi Police Detachment. This new wave of flogging of journalists suggests to the Union that there is a calculated attempt to threaten journalists, and limit space for peaceful discourse. The PUL Acting President, Jallah Grayfield, said unlawful flogging is a barbaric act that has no place in any democratic society. Mr. Grayfield said “Journalists are not whipping dogs, and stressed that the Press Union is considering all legal approaches to curb the despicable conduct of state security officers against journalists in Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bolton back from brink as takeover deal completed

first_img“This has been one of the most complicated administrations I’ve been involved with but I’m delighted to say we have finally reached a satisfactory conclusion with the sale to Football Ventures,” said the club’s joint administrator, Paul Appleton.“Now there can be a fresh start with owners who, I believe, will run the club for the good of the supporters and the community as a whole.”On Tuesday, Bolton had been given 14 days to find a buyer and prevent the club from going the same way as their near neighbours, fellow League One side Bury.The side from north-west England were expelled from the Football League after more than 100 years late on Tuesday after a takeover bid collapsed.They were the first club to be expelled from the league since Maidstone United in 1992, and it was feared Bolton would go the same way.The four-time FA Cup winners have spent 74 seasons in the top flight, including an unbroken 11-year stint in the Premier League which only ended in 2012.They reached the last 16 of the UEFA Cup as recently as 2008 but their troubled financial situation only worsened when they were relegated from the Championship at the end of last season.0Shares0000(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bolton Wanderers have been brought back from the brink of liquidation after a takeover deal was completed for the former FA Cup winners on Wednesday © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 28 – A buyer has been found for stricken Bolton Wanderers, staving off the imminent threat of extinction, the English third-tier club announced on Wednesday.“We are pleased to announce the sale of Bolton Wanderers to Football Ventures (Whites) Limited has been completed,” the club, who were on the verge of liquidation, said in a statement on their website.last_img read more

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