Publisher Seeks Justice’s Intervention Over Travel Restriction

By Edwin G. Wandah

The Liberia National Police (LNP) has stopped the Publisher of the National Chronicle Newspaper, Philipbert Brown from leaving the country.

In a letter addressed to the Publisher of the Chronicle Newspaper, Mr. Philipbert Brown, copy of which is in the possession of this paper from Col. Chris Massaquoi who is the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police, Mr. Brown was requested in that letter to abandon his pending trip to the United States of America pending the conclusion of an ongoing police investigation.

In the letter addressed to Mr. Brown preventing him from leaving the country, Col. Massaquoi indicated that ongoing investigation indicted the Chronicle’s Boss to consider remaining in the country to help Police in the conclusion of several media publications published by the Chronicle’s Boss naming certain individuals, both in the country and outside of the country of an alleged interim Government.

The Police Boss believed it is prudent for him to remain in the country to assist the LNP in its investigation since he had some deeper security information which the Police could have used in concluding the investigation.

“Liberia Leadership Forum (LLF), now referred to as Liberia Diaspora Development Rescue Committee (LDDRC), which Col. Massaquoi in the letter, said that the Police is in the process of contacting those individuals in the continuance of the investigation,” Col. Massaquoi’s letter indicated.

Meanwhile, Mr. Philipbert Brown has written the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Liberia in relationship to the Liberia National Police’s letter addressed to him.

Publisher Brown said the unfortunate closure of his Paper, the National Chronicles Newspaper by Inspector, General Chris Massaquoi, acting on the orders of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was wrong since indeed he has not been charged by the Liberia National Police through the Justice Ministry of any wrong doing and said he had a pending trip to the United States of America to participate in an award Scholarship to Liberian athletes residing in the United States of America for the Summer Olympic games.

According to the Chronicle’s Boss, out of courtesy, he informed the Inspector General about his travel and his intension to leave the country for Washington DC, the United States of America, but complained that the LNP’s Boss seized his liberty by denying him to leave the country.

Copies of the Chronicle’s Boss letter was addressed and sent to the Minister of Information, the National Security Advisor (NSA), the Solicitor General of the Republic of Liberia, Liberia Council of Churches, the Press Union of Liberia, West Africa Journalists Association (WAJA), the United States Embassy in Liberia, UNMIL/SRSG, UNMIL Human Rights and Publisher Association of Liberia.