CEMESP Condemns an Assault on a Legislative Reporter

Alert_Liberia

16/02/2018

CEMESP Condemns an Assault on a Legislative Reporter

The Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) has condemned an assault against a member of the Legislative Press Pool, Journalist Henry Karmo.

Karmo who works for the FrontPage Africa Newspapar assigned at the House of Parliament said, he was on February  9 2018, insulted and assaulted by Coalition for Democratic Change Representative Munah  P. Youngblood of Montserrado County District # 9 in open plenary  for reporting a story she said was against her.

Reporter Karmo had written a story about the Representative’s double role as a Protocol officer and a member of parliament at the same time at the Annual Message of President George Weah.

CEMESP describes the action by the Representative Youngblood as an undermining factor to President Weah’s commitment on the safety and protection of journalists and as well providing  a space for everyone to freely express themselves in an atmosphere void of intimidation and harassment.

This is the second wave of attack on journalists at the Capitol Building, the seat of the Liberian Legislature in recent time, with the first being the flogging of two journalists upon the orders of Grand Bassa County Senator, Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence a few days earlier.

CEMESP is meanwhile calling on the Press Union of Liberia and the House of Representatives to speedily intervene to avoid its recurrence.