The imprisoned Managing Editor of the FrontPage Africa, Rodney Sieh, is seeking medication at the JFK Medical Hospital in Monrovia. According to reports, Journalist Sieh was rushed to the Hospital early Wednesday, by prison guards and some officers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia UNMIL at midnight on Wednesday as a result of illness which deteriorated his health.
Journalist Sieh’s admission at the Hospital made it exactly one week following his imprisonment at the Monrovia Central Prison. Upon hearing the news, scores of media executives visited the Hospital, to identify with their colleague who had earlier complained of fever and was shivering from cold that affected him while in prison.
The Managing Editor of the Front Page Africa newspaper was sent to prison by the Civil Law Court of the Temple of Justice, due to his failure to pay a fine of US$ 1.5 million to the former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Chris Toe in a libel lawsuit for ‘defamation of character’.
Since his imprisonment, the Court also closed down its offices in Congo Town on Friday, August 23, 2013. The Sheriff from the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in Monrovia carried out the order, while the online edition of Front Page Africa has also been ordered closed.
In spite of these circumstances, Journalist Sieh has maintained that he stands by his story and will remain in jail because he will not yield to anyone, especially state apparatus to persuade him in reneging on his fight for social justice and transparency in Liberia.
Journalist Sieh said he lacks trust in the judicial system, even prior to his arrest and the closure of the newspaper. He said they are in the process of bracing themselves for the worst.