The Ministry of Information has given reason for the closure of the national Chronicle Newspaper.
In a communication to the Publisher of the paper, Philipbert Browne, dated August 16, 2014, the Ministry said Government’s action was prompted by the many publications by the Chronicle Newspaper that border on national security.
In the communication, the Ministry said, “The national security apparatus including the Liberia National Police has drawn the urgent attention of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism to ongoing investigations necessitated by at least no publications of the National Chronicle Newspaper in which it is claimed that the democratic order and consolidation processes of the country are being torpedoed and reversed by means not provided for by the Liberian Constitution in the summary replacement of the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by a transitional administration.
“The National Chronicle also claims that these unconstitutional maneuvers have the backing and support of a friendly government with which the Liberian Government and people have long-standing and ongoing excellent relations. Subsequently, you have indicated on at least two radio stations including the National Broadcaster and UNMIL radio that you possess evidentiary support for these grave charges,” the communication among other things concluded.