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Liberia: Two journalists detained briefly for taking photographs

 - Saturday 21 June 2008.

(CEMESP/IFEX) - Two Liberian journalists working for the "New Democrat" newspaper were arrested and detained for several hours on 16 June 2008 by officers of the Liberia National Police in Monrovia.

According to the police, news editor Othello Garblah and staff writer Festus Porque were arrested at the request of the Monrovia Transit Authority for "unprofessional photography."

The two journalists had gone to the premises of the Monrovia Transit Authority, a public transport company, following a tip-off that some of the buses being managed by the entity were down due to gross mismanagement.

Upon arrival, the journalists identified themselves to the security guards assigned at the compound and were allowed in. They then asked to talk to the management of the entity but were told that none of the senior managers was present. It was after being told that none of the managers was present that they decided to take photographs of some of the out-of-use buses parked in the compound. This apparently infuriated the security guards, who arrested them for allegedly trespassing and called in the national police from the nearby depot.

Upon arrival at the scene, the police took the two journalists to their depot and charged them with the crime of "unprofessional photography." (The journalists were reportedly obliged to destroy their photographs.)

However, the journalists were released the same day after spending several hours in detention.

CEMESP views the detention of the two journalists while they were trying to corroborate the allegations of transit mismanagement with photographs as an attempt to impede their work and deny the public information which they have a right to know.

CEMESP believes that the security guards’ allegations of trespassing are groundless for two reasons: the facility of the Monrovia Transit Authority, being a public entity, should be accessible to the public, including journalists; as well, the guards themselves allowed the journalists in, and only interfered when they began taking photographs. norvasc 5 mg order admenta in france buy caverta 50 mg in canada diflucan tablets in india voltaren buy generic premarin 1.25 buy silagra uk caverta information simvastatin prescriptions tretinoin mexico information buy generic lasuna buy vardenafil in australia buy vardenafil cheap prilosec otc prices simvastatin 20 online premarin no script doxycycline in mexico more info bupropion hcl 75 mg tab buy generic avanafil in france about zithromax price generic brand for bactrim ds prilosec prices ranitidine 150 baclofen best offer usa suhagra s enalapril maleate w hctz in new york ciprofloxacin hcl 500 mg taapo more info about bupropion sr er naltrexone 50 mg malegra fxt prilosec 40 mg lipitor 20mg tab ranitidine 150mg tab buy letrozole canada geftinat 250 mg price in india in canada mirtazapine online premarin generics in mexico more info about cost of imatinib gleevec norvasc in mexico in mayami dapoxetine china ciprofloxacin 500mg tab buy generic tizan low cost nexium in california letrozole prescription phoenix metronidazole over the counter amitriptyline 25 mg piracetam positives in new york 1 gm azithromycin voltaren generic