Thursday, 10 June 2010

[creative-radio] Liberia: Smile FM’s troubles began two years ago...

RT @mediamentor: Pursuit of Press Freedom in Liberia FM #community #radio station #JHR

Smile FM's troubles began two years ago, when the County Police Commander
and two Liberia National Police officers marched into the studio, ordered
staff to leave, and took control of the the radio station. They were acting
on orders of the County Superintendent, Chris Bailey, appointed by President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to manage Grand Gedeh County.

"[The police] said we needed to leave the compound by order of the
Superintendent, and the radio should be shut down for carrying
anti-government slogans," describes former station manager Garley Marh, who
has been banned from the premises ever since.

This is one of the radio stations for which Journalists for Human Rights is
trying to provide training for reporters. So, as you can imagine, as I stand
in front of Smile FM's reporters, giving my best inspirational speech about
them being "courageous watchdogs" and "holding those in public office
accountable"…well, it's just not that simple.

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