Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Accra-based sub-regional media rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Friday condemned the Liberian authorities over the indefinite suspension of the head of the country's broadcasting system.
Ambrose Nmah, the Director-General of state-owned Liberia Broadcasting System, was suspended on 26 September over the broadcast of a press conference in which George Weah, the running mate for the main opposition party, was alleged to have verbally assaulted President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
“MFWA adds its voice to the widespread condemnation of the suspension of Ambrose and calls for his immediate reinstatement,” the rights body said in a statement signed by its Executive Secretary, Prof. Kwame Karikari.
According to MFWA, Weah’s comments angered President Sirleaf and her supporters prompting the suspension.
“Much as we do not condone the use of threatening, abusive, or insulting words to any person in the media or campaign platforms, this notwithstanding, we think it is wrong for the Ministry of Information to suspend or remove any of the heads of the state-owned media in the country.”
The rights body also urged President Sirleaf, to ensure that “the state-owned medium in Liberia becomes a truly public service broadcaster which is adequately funded in a way that protects it from arbitrary interference”.
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