Liberia says world media conspiring against it

Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government has alleged that a number of Western media institutions were planning a "massive negative media propaganda" to justify imposition of UN sanctions on Liberia, press reports said in Monrovia Friday.
The government named the Washington Post and West Africa magazine which, it claimed, have already begun publishing "inflammatory and libellous articles" written by Douglas Farah and James Butty, pushing for sanctions on Liberia.
The Newsweek and the Cable News Network (CNN), an information ministry statement alleged, have plans to launch a similar campaign with the CNN doing television features, while the Newsweek is planning a cover story to "demonise" Liberian President Charles Taylor.
Liberia is facing sanctions from the UN Security Council for alleged gunrunning and diamond smuggling with rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone that has fuelled the decade-old war in that country.
Liberia denied the allegation, but a UN panel of experts report found the country culpable of dealing with the RUF rebels and recommended sanctions against Monrovia.
The Security Council in a resolution later imposed sanctions on the sale of diamonds from Liberia and also barred its officials from travelling abroad.
However, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in March appealed to the Security Council to grant Liberia a 60-day period to meet conditions set by the council to avert the sanctions.
That grace period expires 7 May.
The Liberian government claims it has satisfied all the conditions set forth by the Security Council in resolution 1343 to avert sanctions, but the UN has dispatched additional experts to verify compliance with the requirements.

27 april 2001 17:23:00

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