The Government of Liberia says it is concerned over claims made by Radio Talk-Show host and journalist, T-Max Jlateh, that there exists a plot by some unnamed individuals in the country to assassinate journalists.
Journalist Jlateh, in an exclusive interview with KMTV News on Wednesday, April 3, said, he has uncovered alleged plans to execute him and other popular Journalists in the country.
He named Philip Wesseh of the Inquirer New paper, Philipberg Browne of Hot Pepper Newspaper, Rodney Sieh of FrontPage Africa and Henry Costa of Roots FM.
The outcome of the meeting according to the Sky FM boss, was communicated to him by an anonymous source.
T-Max told KMTV that he does not believe the plan was sanctioned by the president.
Mr. Jlateh at the same time said he will not seek political asylum despite the alleged threat on his life. “I will not submit to any threat and I will remain vocal on issues of national concern,” he said.
But the government through the Ministry of Information in a press statement said, although Mr. Jlateh didn’t make a formal complaint to the authorities, it considers such an allegation grave enough to warrant a speedy investigation by the government.
“Journalists are an integral prerequisite for a fully functioning democracy that the administration of President George M. Weah is consolidating. This is evidenced by the recent passage of the K. Abdullai Kamara Act of Press Freedom and other pro media actions which decriminalize speech offenses and create a platform for free expression.
By these actions, the government seeks to create the space for all, including journalists, to express themselves unfettered; so for anyone to be threatened on account of their views runs contrary to the intent of the new law. This will not be tolerated,” government said in an official press statement
The government said it intends to work with the Press Union of Liberia and the journalism community on this alarming issue in order to get to the bottom of it. “There’s no place for such intimidation and violence in the new Liberia.”
The government has therefore called on Mr. Jlateh to cooperate with the relevant agencies and provide all information available to assist in the investigation.
Emmanuel Davies contributed to this article.