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Equatorial Guinea : Robust reply from Government of Liberia to attacks against President of the Republic.

The Government of Liberia has produced a damning response against those responsible for the Liberian newspaper New Democrat, which has echoed the libellous news from various British dailies accusing the Head of State of cannibalism.

The Government of Liberia has declared as dangerous, irresponsible and libellous the news published by the Liberian newspaper New Democrat, which made scandalous and ridiculous accusations against H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

In a communique issued by the Ministry for Information, the Liberian Government declared itself to be extremely disappointed for the poor journalistic practice demonstrated by the editors and the director of the New Democrat newspaper, that at no time verified or opposed the defamatory affirmations published by Thomas Burrows, the original author of the story.

The Liberian Ministry for Information asked why the New Democrat newspaper had published a false story, as demanded by article 19 of the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the Liberian Press Union, which states that "the journalist must carry out suitable cross-referenced research, in order to verify news prior to publication / issue".

The declaration states that the Government is not going to tolerate any act of imprudence from any Liberian journalist towards leaders of the African continent which may undermine the foreign policy of the country and the national interests.

The Government recognises the freedom of all, including the media, to express themselves and provide genuine criticism against any African leader, but will not tolerate news based on deliberate lies, designed by the vestiges of neo-colonialist racists, with the intention of demonising African leaders.

Finally, the Liberian Ministry for Information formally contacted the Liberian Press Syndicate, to demand strong punitive sanctions against New Democrat, in accordance with the Syndicate's own Code of Ethics, which penalises this type of non-professional news story.

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Publication:Mena Report
Geographic Code:6LIBE
Date:Sep 20, 2016
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